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Senators scold IRS for proliferation of tax scams

April 6, 2001 Tax fraud has long been a problem, but the Internet has elevated the problem to an entirely new level, costing the U.S. Treasury several billion dollars per year--and the Internal Revenue Service is not doing enough to stop it, the Senate Finance Committee was told in a hearing Thursday. The...

FCC chief, Congress, look to restructure agency

February 20, 2001 Even though Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell has announced his intention to revamp and streamline the agency, congressional critics still plan to forge ahead with legislation to substantially reform it. In his first press briefing as chief of the powerful telecommunications body, Powell said he intended to restructure the...

Agencies say goal of network security is a moving target

November 1, 2000 Ensuring that networks are secure for Internet transactions, either for commerce or just for the exchange of information, is an uphill battle, agency participants said Tuesday at a Federal Communications Commission conference. Those trying to ensure network security "are operating on moving ground," said William Mularie, director of the Information...

Tech firms weigh role of government in digital age

October 12, 2000 The government should cultivate a better sense of knowing when to meddle in new economy policy and when to step back and let the market take the reins, according to a report scheduled for release Thursday by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). "Failing to reconsider the appropriate role...

IRS urged to avoid electronic tax preparation

October 4, 2000 The advisory board to the Internal Revenue Service's Electronic Tax Administration issued a strongly worded letter last week urging the ETA to "discontinue all other efforts to further expand their mission and role into tax preparation on the Internet and elsewhere." The letter, signed by seven current or former members...

GAO calls for proactive Internet security

August 17, 2000 The Internet will never be fully secure, but diligence and a number of safeguards applied by businesses and government could curb hackers' access to proprietary information, a General Accounting Office official said Wednesday. "The Internet is not secure for a reason," said Rahul Gupta, assistant director in the Office of...

Senator calls for federal CIO

July 13, 2000 Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., plans to introduce legislation before the end of the session that would create a federal chief information officer post. At the E-Gov 2000 conference in Washington on Wednesday, Lieberman said he would not expect action on his measure until next year, but it's a step toward...