Fingerprinting and Employment Eligibility Verification Delays Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic May Increase Taxpayer Data Exposure Risks [open pdf - 589KB]
From the Document: "This audit was initiated because new IRS [Internal Revenue Service] employees hired during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may have had their fingerprinting or employment eligibility verification delayed in accordance with newly established hiring policies. However, prolonged delays could increase the exposure of taxpayer data to potential bad actors. The overall objective of this review was to determine whether temporary personnel hiring practices during the COVID-19 pandemic presented potential security risks by assessing the effectiveness of fingerprinting and hiring activities, including inspection of employment eligibility documents."
Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration, Report No. 2022-16-039