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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a demanding responsibility in collecting taxes, processing tax returns, and enforcing the nation's tax laws. It relies extensively on computerized systems to support its financial and mission-related operations.
As part of its annual audits of IRS's financial statements, GAO assessed the effectiveness of information security controls at certain IRS facilities and over certain specific applications--controls meant to protect IRS's information systems and taxpayer data.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the effectiveness of federal information security practices based on recently issued audit reports; (2) efforts to centrally oversee and manage federal information security; and (3) actions taken by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the...