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Treasury Continues to Push for Needed IT Upgrades

The Department of the Treasury is continuing its push to get funding for much needed information technology infrastructure upgrades from Congress.

During a June 14, 2022, hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo testified as to why the funds were needed.

The “IRS’ technology is decades out of date, written in a programming language no longer taught, and incredibly expensive to maintain the master file that under grids,” Adeyemo told the committee in his opening statement. “The tax system dates back to the 1960s when there was no internet, no cell phones, and no spreadsheets or automatic payments.”

The White House is requesting a 12 percent budget increase in fiscal year 2023 compared to 2022 enacted levels “to begin to remedy this mismatch between the IRS’ responsibilities and its resources.”

Treasury’s request for increasing funds to help address IT infrastructure upgrades for the IRS did not come up during the hearing’s question-and-answer period, as the committee focused its attention on Russian sanctions, the role of using cryptocurrency to evade sanctions, energy policy and independence, and other criminal-focused activities.

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