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Excerpt: “We are writing to request information about the General Services Administration’s (GSA) consideration of data security practices when vetting vendors and awarding government contracts. As a Federal government agency, GSA has a responsibility to act in the best interests of the American public, including ensuring that their personal information is secure. It has come to our attention that GSA has awarded contracts to Equifax to provide data-related services handling Americans’ personal information at multiple Federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Administration, and Center for Medicare...
Excerpt: “The data appears to show a considerable increase in the amount of hydrocodone and oxycodone that wholesale distributors provided to these locations over several years. For example, in 2005, distributors supplied 57,000 grams of oxycodone to these areas overall. By 2012, that amount appears to have doubled to nearly 117,000 grams, according to ARCOS data. Similarly, the amount of hydrocodone shipped to these areas appears to show a 60 percent increase in just three years: from 102,000 grams in 2005 to 164,000 grams in 2008. Such dramatic increases...
Excerpt: “It has come to our attention that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) awarded a no-bid contract for ‘third party data services from Equifax to verify taxpayer identity and to assist in ongoing identity verification and validations needs’ of the IRS. The timing and nature of this IRS contract raises red flags given the recent breach at Equifax. The contract was finalized nearly a month after Equifax disclosed a massive data breach of sensitive personal information.”
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