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Recent Cyberattacks Further Highlight Need For Action

Recent high-profile and widespread cyberattacks on federal agencies and national infrastructure have further highlighted the need for the government to address this attack and prevent future ones. However, these threats and the challenges in addressing them are long-standing and have … Continue reading

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Federal Information Security: There’s Work to Do

Just about every federal government operation—from processing taxes and protecting national parks to coordinating military operations and delivering foreign aid—relies in some way on computers. Protecting government computer systems and the information stored in them is vital, and a 2014 … Continue reading

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Are Tax Practitioners Protecting Your Personal Information?

Doing your taxes can be complicated. So it’s no surprise that nearly 90% of taxpayers use either a paid preparer or tax software to prepare and file their taxes each year. In an age of data breaches and identity theft, … Continue reading

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How Social Security is Working to Overcome its IT Management Challenges

The Social Security Administration relies on its IT systems to provide monthly payments to over 64 million Americans. Even with such an important mission, the agency has a history of struggling to manage its IT effectively. However, SSA has been … Continue reading

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An Ongoing Risk: Cybersecurity Attacks at Federal Agencies

Similar to how new flu shots come out each year to combat new strains of the virus, agencies must routinely adapt their cybersecurity efforts to address evolving threats. In today’s WatchBlog, we look at the federal government’s approach to and … Continue reading

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Did You Know the Government Gets Audited, Too?

Tax season has many people diligently filing their returns to avoid being audited. While the federal government is not a tax-paying entity, it actually undergoes an audit of its financial statements every year. How do we know? Because we perform … Continue reading

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GAO’s Information Technology & Cybersecurity Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in one of our 15 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on our Information Technology & Cybersecurity (ITC) team, which helps the government respond to the … Continue reading

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IRS in Need of Better Controls to Safeguard Taxpayer Data

Every tax season, you send information to the IRS about your salary, marriage status, and other personal and financial information. We’ve looked at whether IRS has effective controls in place to protect the sensitive financial and taxpayer data in its … Continue reading

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The Taxman Cometh

Usually, April 15 is the deadline for filing federal individual income tax returns. However, this year, due to Washington, D.C.’s celebration of Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15, the deadline for most of the nation is today, April 18. (Due … Continue reading

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Watching Out for Federal Cybersecurity

The federal government relies on computer networks and systems to provide essential services affecting the health, economy, and defense of the nation. Incidents of hacking or cyber attacks place sensitive information at risk, with potentially serious effects on federal and … Continue reading

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