Gizmodo reported that IRS supports its new $7.25 million contract with Equifax as a “no bid sole source” contract “to help verify US taxpayers’ identities” …and without which “would have prevented thousands of hurricane victims from obtaining much needed…. tax information.” The October 5, 2017 story entitled “IRS Chief Says Aborting Equifax Contract Could Harm Hurricane Victims” included IRS chief John Koskinen’s argument “that the circumstance was unavoidable” since Equifax existing contract expired on September 30, 2017, and was challenging an award to another vendor which will not be resolved before October 16.
CNBC reported that 7 “members of the Senate Banking Committee are asking the Internal Revenue Service to rescind a $7.25 million contract with Equifax” saying that:
…the awarding of the contract shows a clear disregard for millions of Americans who had their personal information stolen.
How can IRS trust Equifax since at least 143 million people don’t?