IRS lax in destroying sensitive tax papers

From Reuters:

Sensitive documents about U.S. taxpayers were found in trash outside all Internal Revenue Service sites visited in a investigation, putting the people at risk of identity theft, an inspector’s report says.

The tax collection agency must bolster oversight of contractors who dispose of papers with personally identifiable information, the inspector general for tax administration at the U.S. Treasury said in the report released Thursday.

The report is:
TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION: Increased Management Oversight of the Sensitive but Unclassified Waste Disposal Process Is Needed to Prevent Inadvertent Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information (pdf), May 8, 2009, Reference Number: 2009-30-059

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