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The Daily Countable: The IRS is Doing... What?!

by Countable | 10.4.17

Good Wednesday morning, friends, from all of Countable and from me, Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor. Big, important stories to watch and talk to your Reps about today:

  • The House passed this bill yesterday to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Watch for signs from the Senate for what's next.
  • AT&T is asking The Supreme Court to strike-down net neutrality rules. More on that here.
  • And our crack-team of legislative researchers (one guy named Eric) is rounding-up all the gun related legislation that's been introduced in Congress in the last two days. (Eric is awesome.) Get that here.


Now. Remember Equifax? One of the big 3 credit-rating agencies? The one that was hacked so badly this year, it let the personal information of more than **one hundred million people ** flow like a fire hose into the dark recesses of the 'net?

Yeah, well the government just awarded Equifax a multi-million dollar contract to do work for the IRS.

Wait, What?!

Um, I'm not even sure what to say about this one, folks. Except that the contract was awarded without a bidding process, and will give Equifax access to even more sensitive personal data about Americans, only now it's information the government collects about us.

Now, to be fair, the IRS told Politico "...the IRS believes the service Equifax provided does not pose a risk to IRS data or systems..." Here's the contract notice, in case you're interested. (The IRS official listed as the "primary point of contact" is going to have a fun day.) The Equifax breach was so bad, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee, Greg Walden (R-OR), said,

"It's like the guards at Fort Knox forgot to lock the doors."

We'll keep on this story, right here. Hit that Take Action button to tell your Reps what you think, and let's talk about this one in the comments, and on Twitter -- I'm @RadioBabe.

Your Gov at a Glance

The White House: Trump in DC and Las Vegas, NV

  • President Trump and First Lady fly to Las Vegas to visit with victims, medical teams and first responders of Sunday night's mass shooting.

The House of Representatives: In Session

The Senate: In Session

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Eric Hargan to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


Have a great day, folks. Take care of yourselves. It's been a doozy of a week — and it's only Wednesday.

— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

Talk to Andrea directly on Twitter, @RadioBabe. Send questions, make comments and keep in touch.

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  • Sara
    10/04/2017
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    Giving Equifax a multi-million dollar government contract following their egregious security breach is a slap in the face to every American who had their personal data compromised. They should be held accountable, not rewarded, for their colossal screwup.

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  • Michael.J.L
    10/04/2017
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    Net Neutrality MUST be preserved in the interests of freedom and Democracy. Also, Equifax lands a government contact to provide services to the IRS? What a reward for what they did to millions of Americans.

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  • Brittany
    10/04/2017
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    What the hell IRS! Stop the politics and protect our info! They f*cked up and you reward them?! Your credibility has now been shot down just like Equifax.

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  • K
    10/04/2017
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    To the degree possible, this contract must be rescinded. Equifax had one main job to do- safeguard NPI- and they failed. They declined to take action in full knowledge of breach risks and then failed to communicate the preventable breach in a timely manner. FAIL. They have proven themselves unworthy of public trust. Additionally, are there no bidding and vetting processes for government contracts that encompass such enormous scopes of work?

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  • Cathy
    10/04/2017
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    Why in the world is Equifax being let anywhere near our IRS information? This seems like a recipe for disaster and should be stopped. We also need to make sure that government contracts are handled properly including following the bidding process before awarding them.

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  • Cynthia
    10/04/2017
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    Seriously? All of this should be a joke and it's horrifying that it's not. No to banning abortions (stop tells by women what they can and can't do with their bodies!). No to and end to net neutrality. And a hell no to letting Equifax be anywhere near any more of our personal information!!!

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  • Mark
    10/04/2017
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    Preserve net neutrality!

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  • Beth
    10/04/2017
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    Please look into Equifax being awarded a contract with the IRS! This seems to be a terrible way to hold them accountable for the recent breach

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  • Ticktock
    10/04/2017
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    Business as usual. Just like the treatment of the financial industry. This Republican Congress doesn’t care for the rank and file citizens they work for the rich and corporations. If you want change vote in 2018 and again in 2020. Remember who these people are in office now and who they represent. The Republicans have been in control of Congress for nine (9) years, we need to move from the extremes to middle America.

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  • Abbe
    10/04/2017
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    Why award anything to Equifax? They have breached security putting us all at risk

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  • Wallace
    10/04/2017
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    Equifax does not deserve a government contract!!!! They did a poor job of protecting the data of the average American!!! Now, we are giving them access to the most sensitive personal information!!! Most people would be called on the carpet or fired for doing a poor job!! The government is misusing our money!! The people responsible for this stupidity should be fired!!

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  • Pao
    10/04/2017
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    Really.? Equifax...? Speechless really.

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  • Chester
    10/04/2017
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    I think this is ludicrous! Something here looks really shady!

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  • Hope
    10/04/2017
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    EQUIFAX was awarded a 7Billion contract with the IRS! Are you kidding me!?! My identity was stolen last month; I know have to keep my credit locked - FOREVER due to the negligence of EQUIFAX!

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  • Mnesbitt3
    10/04/2017
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    Really!!!??? The IRS hires Equifax??? The same company that exposed 150 million people's data to hackers!!! WTF!!!???

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  • Anna
    10/04/2017
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    OMG! What the he'll is wrong with these so-called lawmakers? As someone affected by this Equifax bullshit, I am not real thrilled about this! What a bunch of IDIOTS!

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  • Jim2423
    10/04/2017
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    Well let see if AT&T lobbyists have paid enough or not to strike down Net Neutrality. It should remain, AT&T is already making millions off tower leasing, fiber leasing.

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  • David
    10/04/2017
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    You’ve got to step in on this IRS equifax contract. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard giving access to our most sensitive information after incurring such a breach. That’s like giving an IRS contract to Yahoo

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  • Sandy
    10/04/2017
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    Equitax gets a contrac with the irs?? Are you kidding me?!

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  • Ann
    10/06/2017
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    Regarding the government contract with Equifax. Cancel it!!! As I understand it, it has not been implemented. I understand the government must not undo contracts. However, this company has perpetuated a tremendous fraud by not making public its breeches for months. We can NOT give this company any more data. Thank you.

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