IRS 'Misplaces' Over 2300 Computers

It's tough when the organization that holds taxpayers strictly accountable for their businesses "can't find" over 2,300 computers in its inventory of over 163,000.

The Associated Press has reported that a Treasury Department audit late last year has uncovered the fact that the computers were either lost, stolen or lost "due to bookkeeping errors" over the past three years.

In response to the audit, the IRS indicated that they are locating the computers, and are "reasonably sure" that there is no sensitive or private information stored on those machines.

"An agency that requires taxpayers to show every receipt can't find 2,300 computers," said Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. "The IRS wouldn't accept from a taxpayer the nonanswer it has given."

Sen. Grassley has gone so far as to send a letter to the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget asking for consideration of withholding the IRS budget this year until the situation is straightened out.

In addition to the computers, the audit turned up six missing guns (five of which were stolen from vehicles), fifteen pieces of electronic surveillance gear, forty identification badges, and fifty communications devices which auditors confirmed "could compromise the public's safety or ongoing investigations."

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