IRS Computers May Land in Afghanistan

Last month, AccountingWEB reported on some inventory control issues at the IRS ("IRS 'Misplaces Over 2300 Computers" - January 9, 2002) that led to congressional calls to halt the IRS budget until they are found.

Now, the Bush administration is proposing to take 1,000 of the IRS' two year old laptops and desktop computers and ship them to Afghanistan to help the new government in its modernization efforts.

The situation in Afghanistan is desperate, because the outgoing Taliban regime apparently looted government offices before they left, leaving behind only obsolete shells and 1980s style Wang computers.

If approved, these computers will be a good head start in the enormous task of building a government infrastructure from scratch. Treasury officials say the computers would be used to run the Finance Ministry, keep track of the budget, monitor foreign aid, and monitor banking transactions.

IRS officials promise that all U.S. taxpayer data will be scrubbed from the computers' memories if they are shipped to Kabul.

You may like these other stories...

Whenever I speak to accountants about creating a cloud practice, the most common question is, “How do I charge my clients?” Ten years ago, maybe even five years ago, if I would’ve posed this question...
While reputational risk is the No. 1 nonfinancial concern among corporate directors, cybersecurity/IT risk is gaining steam. In fact, both private companies and organizations with more than $1 billion in revenue felt they...
Accountants who specialize in forensic and valuation services point to electronic data analysis, or big data, as the most pressing issue they’ll face in the coming months, according to results of a new survey released...

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Jul 31
In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom helps beginners get up to speed in Microsoft Excel. However, even experienced Excel users will learn some new tricks, particularly when David discusses under-utilized aspects of Excel.
Aug 5
This webcast will focus on accounting and disclosure policies for various types of consolidations and business combinations.
Aug 20
In this session we'll review best practices for how to generate interest in your firm’s services.
Aug 21
Meet budgets and client expectations using project management skills geared toward the unique challenges faced by CPAs. Kristen Rampe will share how knowing the keys to structuring and executing a successful project can make the difference between success and repeated failures.