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Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Press Release


March 18, 2013
TIGTA - 2013-09
Contact: David Barnes
(202) 622-3062
David.barnes@tigta.treas.gov
TIGTACommunications@tigta.treas.gov

Fraud and Abuse Are Addressed in the Indian Tribal Sector, but Performance Objectives and Measures Are Needed to Assess Program Effectiveness

WASHINGTON - Within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Indian Tribal Governments (ITG) office is responsible for all Federal tax issues related to Federally recognized Indian tribes. To combat fraud and abuse in the Indian tribal sector, field groups were established by ITG office management. However, their effectiveness cannot be determined because no specific performance objectives and measures have been developed, according to a new audit report released publicly today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Although the ITG established the Abuse Detection and Prevention Team (ADAPT) in Fiscal Year 2004 with the broad goal of stemming the growth of fraud and abuse in the Indian tribal sector, it has not developed specific performance objectives and measures, TIGTA found. As a result, TIGTA could not determine if the ADAPT is effectively combatting fraud and abuse in the Indian tribal sector. The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 requires agencies to set program goals and measure program performance against those goals.

Furthermore, while ADAPT management has cited the challenge of establishing specific performance objectives and measurements, TIGTA found that there is a knowledge base to draw upon. Based on TIGTA's research, other IRS fraud-related programs have developed goals and methods for evaluating program success.

IRS management agrees with TIGTA's recommendation to develop specific performance objectives and measures and plans to take action to the degree appropriate.

Read the report.

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Note: The difference between the date TIGTA issues an audit report to the Internal Revenue Service and the date TIGTA publicly releases the report is due to TIGTA's internal review process to ensure that public release is in compliance with Federal confidentiality laws.

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