Cybersecurity and Protecting Taxpayer Information: Hearing Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, April 12, 2016   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony is from the April 12, 2016 hearing "Cybersecurity and Protecting Taxpayer Information" before the Senate Committee on Finance. From the statement of Orrin Hatch: "Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing examining how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is safeguarding private taxpayer information this filing season and to determine what improvements may be necessary for the agency to fully protect taxpayers from cybercriminals: Good morning. It's a pleasure to welcome everyone to today's hearing, which we've titled 'Cybersecurity and Protecting Taxpayer Information.' These are important issues that the Finance Committee has been working on for some time. In June of last year, for example, we held a hearing on the theft of Internal Revenue Service data affecting taxpayer information. Much has happened since that time. At the urging of the Finance Committee, the IRS, state revenue commissioners, and leaders in the tax return preparation industry came together last year to convene a Security Summit, which resulted in new information-sharing agreements to help identify suspicious activity in the tax filing and refund process. We look forward to hearing more about that effort today. But in the face of this progress, we have also seen unprecedented growth in the scope and scale of cyber-attacks aimed at stealing personal information and billions of dollars from taxpayers. Last year alone, cyber-criminals obtained access to sensitive personal information from several large health insurers, exposing tens of millions of Americans to potential identity theft. Foreign governments gained access to poorly protected federal government databases, including a treasure trove of information at the Office of Personnel Management. Today we will focus on three separate aspects of this problem." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Koskinen, Terence V. Milholland, J. Russell George, Michael McKenney, Gene L. Dodaro, and Gregory C. Wilshusen.

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