Thursday, August 22, 2013

...Or Its @$$ With Both Hands And A Bloodhound...

Fresh off the BLNN is this lovely story that should give you the warm and fuzzies that we are, indeed, in the best of hands and our tax dollars are well-spent. NOT.

New audit finds IRS can’t keep track of its own software
The Internal Revenue Service soon will have a larger role to play in managing the health records of Americans. But they're having a hard time managing their own records, it seems.

A new audit report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which oversees the IRS, found the agency was not keeping track of its software licenses and did not employ specialized tools to track and manage the multitude of licenses being used daily at the IRS.
Wait, wait, let me get my shocked face. I just had it a little while ago. Ah, here it is:

So, let me get this straight. The IRS can audit right-leaning groups and hold up their applications for tax-exempt status, but they can't be bothered to keep tabs on their software licenses. Great! These are the very same bureaucrats that are going to be in charge of managing our health care records. I don't know about you, but *I* am going to sleep well tonight!

I wonder what the mix is? I mean, there's got to be a good deal of plain ol' bureaucratic incompetence as part of this - it *is* the Federal government we're talking about here. But there has GOT to be a whiff of arrogance here, too. I mean, it's the IRS. Do you think MicroSoft is *really* going to gank the software license of the Infernal Revenue Service? Sure, they might be able to very temporarily make the IRS's job difficult - but the IRS can dog MS indefinitely.

In any case, it's always good to know that our tax dollars are shepherded by only the savviest of guardians...

That is all.


Dave H said...

Considering the multitude of ways software is licensed and licenses are managed, I'm not surprised the IRS can't keep up. Heck, I can't keep up, and I work in the industry. Plus in some organizations (especially older ones that don't change easily) it's not often a priority among the management.

Although an agency of the federal government is sure a juicy target for an infringement lawsuit. Somebody with deep pockets might think it's worth risking the extra scrutiny just to say they won a judgement against the IRS.

notDilbert said...

Microsoft has already gone through a lengthy and costly battle with the Government. I'm pretty sure there is not much appetite to repeat that. That's when they discovered the lesson all big Corporations. it's much easier and cheaper to simply hire a bunch of Lobbyists and make the bribes err.. donations.

..... and the IRS has a pretty dismal record of Failed software implementation projects so it's not too surprising that they were paying fast and loose with their Licenses ( and I agree that it is easy to loose track or be in violation of thoose 10,000 word licenses agreements - Has anyone actually read one? )