Treasury Tax IG: IRS Should Create IT Skills List, Evaluation Process

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The chief technology officer at the Internal Revenue Service should create both an inventory of key skills needed in the agency’s information technology workforce and a process for evaluating those skills, a Treasury Department audit says.

In its 19-page report, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the agency’s IT organization uses a process that relies on management knowledge and judgment of each individual’s skills.

That process does not take into account resource needs for other mission-related work, the TIGTA said in the report.

Auditors did not find a system in the IRS’ IT organization that provides information about the skills and competencies associated with IT occupations, adding management needs such a database to evaluate the skills.

In another IT-related audit released in April, TIGTA found nearly a third of the tax agency’s servers go unchecked for threats.

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