President Trump has signed the Taxpayer First Act extendingÂ the Internal Revenue Serviceâs authority to directly hire cyber staffÂ and offer a higher pay gradeÂ for such personnel through 2025, FCW reported Tuesday. The higher salary offer, which can reach up to $240,000, is intended to attract tech and cybersecurity talent, according to the Treasury Departmentâs inspector general.
The Taxpayer First Act also allows IRS toÂ establish its own anti-fraud Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Cabinet officials willÂ perform on-site reviews and ensure contractorâs compliance with data security requirements as part of the directive. In addition, independent entities will oversee theÂ Customer Account Data Engine 2 program which seeks to replace the agency’s agingÂ electronic tax return processing system.
Several commissioners have called on Congress to restore such IRS authorities after theÂ 2013 deadline, citing the need to address evolving information technology modernization and cybersecurity needs.