Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The IRS Needs a New IT Infrastructure

Hard drives at the IRS have an insane failure rate. I think the only logical thing to do is stop hiring to backfill positions, giving bonuses, awards, cash prizes, having giant galas/parties for IRS employees and instead, use all of that money to upgrade the apparently incredibly out of date and vulnerable IT infrastructure at the IRS. Around 30 hard drives have failed at the organization -- and that's just at the level of senior leadership that Congress had questions for!

Not only that, we need to fire everyone who was responsible for acquiring these IT assets and everyone who didn't follow the proper back up protocols. Those exist for a reason; they exist just in case your organization receives a shipment of almost 30 [and growing!] faulty hard drives so that you don't lose years of institutional knowledge at the flip of a switch.

We probably also should mandate that the IRS print everything off in triplicate and give a copy of the files to someone more responsible until we've determined how many faulty hard drives and servers they may have acquired. Who knows what critical information might be on a hard drive, ready to fail at any moment!


  1. Another, more charitable possibility, is since everyone whose hard drives have failed a the IRS and other organizations happened to receive emails from a single person is that that person unintentionally was emailing viruses/malware around [because, let's face it, a lot of people don't practice proper email safety]. I think that if that were the case, the IRS wouldn't be saying it was a physical problem with the hard drives that caused the failure. That means that only a single person was an idiot, as opposed to the current systemic failure at the IT, procurement and worker level required for so many failures without adequate back ups.

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