IRS Awards $7 Million Fraud Prevention Contract To Equifax…. WTF?

I am not sure that the IRS got the memo, but Equifax was pwned in spectacular fashion not too long ago. Thus you have to wonder what the logic is behind the IRS giving them a $7 million fraud prevention contract:

The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, even as lawmakers lash the embattled company about a massive security breach that exposed personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans. A contract award for Equifax’s data services was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities database Sept. 30 — the final day of the fiscal year. The credit agency will “verify taxpayer identity” and “assist in ongoing identity verification and validations” at the IRS, according to the award. The notice describes the contract as a “sole source order,” meaning Equifax is the only company deemed capable of providing the service. It says the order was issued to prevent a lapse in identity checks while officials resolve a dispute over a separate contract. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle blasted the IRS decision.

This is truly a WTF moment as it makes no sense to give a contract like this to these clowns who have proven to be totally and completely inept when it comes to protecting personal information. The humans at the IRS who thought that this was a good idea need to be called onto the carpet to explain why this decision isn’t from some alternate reality.

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