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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Rep. Ratcliffe calls on DHS to examine IRS contract with Equifax

October 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement on reports that the IRS awarded a $7.2 million sole source contract to Equifax after knowledge surfaced about the company’s data breach that compromised the personally identifiable information of at least 145 million Americans:

“A multi-million dollar contract with a company that just recently displayed cybersecurity negligence of epic proportions is significantly degrading to public trust. I urge DHS in the strongest possible terms to consider using the authorities granted from FISMA and the Cybersecurity Act to address this troubling development. Americans place their faith in federal agencies – the IRS most certainly included – to safeguard vast amounts of their highly sensitive personal information. As the lead civilian cybersecurity agency, DHS should play an important role in ensuring federal agencies engage in responsible cybersecurity behavior, so we can maintain the confidence of the American people.”