[ISN] IRS Gave Sensitive Data to Convict Sentenced to 21 Years

http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/08/irs-gave-sensitive-data-convict-sentenced-21-years/91478/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov.com August 14, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service failed to conduct background checks on many contract workers who handled sensitive taxpayer data, an internal review reveals. The findings arrive at a time when identity theft has become an everyday threat in the public and private sectors. At the IRS, contractors hired for courier, printing, document recovery, and sign language and interpreter services who accessed sensitive information had not undergone investigations, which is a policy violation. A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report released today details several situations where employees had ample opportunity to steal data. […]