Pascrell, Kelly Demand Urgent Answers on Possible IRS Cyber Breach
House Oversight heads seek information from IRS and TIGTA on any compromised taxpayer information
Washington, DC, December 18, 2020
U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Mike Kelly (R-PA-16), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, this afternoon made an urgent inquiry to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig seeking to know if IRS systems were compromised by the recent massive cyber-attack on the United States Government.
“In order to assess whether and to what extent IRS systems may have been compromised, we respectfully request answers to the following questions by December 22, 2020: (1) Were any IRS systems compromised and, if so, which and when? (2) When did you first learn of the compromise and from whom? (3) Were you told of the compromise immediately upon detection?” the Chairman and Ranking Member asked the IRS Commissioner.
In a separate letter, Reps. Pascrell and Kelly wrote to J. Russell George, the Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) in the U.S. Treasury Department, seeking a briefing and report on whether the Department has learned of any breach of IRS systems.
December 18, 2020
The Honorable Charles P. Rettig
Internal Revenue Service
1111 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20224
Dear Commissioner Rettig,
As you know, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently issued Emergency Directive 21-01 calling on all federal agencies to review their networks for indicators of a compromise involving SolarWinds Orion products and to secure their networks against exploitation.
In order to assess whether and to what extent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) systems may have been compromised, we respectfully request answers to the following questions by December 22, 2020:
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. We believe that it is important to provide taxpayers with a full understanding of the extent of the SolarWinds Orion compromise to maintain confidence in the federal tax system. We also request that you provide a bipartisan briefing on these matters as soon as possible.