One year later, security is still an issue:
A new report, dated Sept. 29 but released on Dec. 2 by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, says improvements are needed to ensure the security of information provided to the IRS by health insurers and pharmaceutical manufacturers for the Affordable Care Act program.
In an earlier report, TIGTA listed steps the IRS needed to take to protect consumer tax information on ACA health insurance exchanges (see IRS Told To Beef Up Obamacare Scrutiny).
Security control weaknesses identified in the TIGTA audit could affect the IRS’s ability to reliably process the electronic reports submitted by insurers and drug companies that are used to accurately determine the applicable fees, according to the report.
The TIGTA review, conducted between November 2013 and May 2014, found that the IRS conducted security and other tests of the core system for handling the information from insurers and pharmaceutical companies. But it found that “improvements are needed to ensure the long-term success of the … system.”
It’s the IRS. You can trust the IRS.