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Gov’t Report: IRS PIAs Need Improvement

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

April 10, 2013

A government report has revealed that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not yet installed appropriate processes ensuring Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) are executed in a timely manner, Accounting Today reports. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report made a total of 11 recommendations to the IRS. The IRS agreed with nine of the recommendations but noted it has already implemented two of them, the report states. TIGTA Inspector General J. Russell George said, “The privacy of taxpayer information is essential to taxpayer confidence in the fairness and integrity of the American system of tax administration,” adding, “It is imperative that the IRS adopt our recommendations to ensure the effectiveness of this important initiative.” Editor’s Note: For more on PIAs see Close-Up: Conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment in the IAPP Resource Center.
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