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.Wait, wait, let me get my shocked face. I just had it a little while ago. Ah, here it is:
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.
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.