[ISN] Inspector: Security Holes Found in IRS Obamacare System

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/12/inspector-security-holes-found-irs-obamacare-system/100286/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov.com December 2, 2014 A core IRS system for calculating Obamacare fees for health insurers and drug manufacturer has security weaknesses, according to an internal audit. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers must report their net premiums to the tax agency annually, and pharmaceutical companies must submit sales data from certain government programs. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration recently examined a new computer application, called the ACA Information Returns system, known as AIR, that processes these returns. The IG’s heavily-redacted 44-page report, released on Tuesday, suggests, specifically, the agency neglected to check source code for bugs and fix security vulnerabilities. “These security control weaknesses could impact the AIR system’s ability to reliably process the electronic form reports and to accurately determine the applicable fees,” TIGTA Deputy IG for Audit Michael E. McKenney said in the report. […]