April 05,2016

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Hatch to Hold Finance Hearing on Protecting Taxpayer Information from Cybercriminals

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will convene a hearing on Tuesday, April 12, to examine how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is safeguarding private taxpayer information this filing season and to determine what improvements may be necessary for the agency to fully protect taxpayers from cybercriminals.  The hearing, titled “Cybersecurity and Protecting Taxpayer Information,” will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
“Every taxpayer deserves to know that the tax information they submit to the IRS is protected this filing season,” Hatch said. “To accomplish this, Congress must ensure that appropriate steps are being taken to stave off threats to private information. As the IRS moves towards more electronic filing and support services, oversight of the agency’s ability to safeguard private information is more important than ever. This hearing will give members the opportunity to examine what practices the IRS currently has in place to protect taxpayer information from cyber criminals and what more may need to be done to further this security effort."
 The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:
·         The Honorable John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
·         Mr. Terrance Millholland, Chief Technology Officer, Internal Revenue Service
·         The Honorable J. Russell George, Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
·         Mr. Michael McKenney, Deputy Inspector General for Audit, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
·         The Honorable Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office
·         Mr. Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Senate Finance Committee
Hearing on Protecting Taxpayer Information from Cybercriminals
215 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
10:00 a.m.
For media inquiries and additional information, including webcast and testimony details, please visit: http://finance.senate.gov/hearings.