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Senators call on IRS to halt contract with Equifax


Richard Smith, former chairman and CEO of Equifax Inc., testifies before House Energy and Commerce hearing on "Oversight of the Equifax Data Breach: Answers for Consumers" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2017.

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Richard Smith, former chairman and CEO of Equifax Inc., testifies before House Energy and Commerce hearing on “Oversight of the Equifax Data Breach: Answers for Consumers” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2017.

Seven members of the Senate Banking Committee are asking the Internal Revenue Service to rescind a $7.25 million contract with Equifax.

The senators say the awarding of the contract shows a clear disregard for millions of Americans who had their personal information stolen.

The contract came to light as Equifax’s former chief executive made the rounds at a series of congressional hearings this week on a data breach that affected 145 million Americans.

The IRS renewed a contract with Equifax to verify taxpayers’ identities, but only until it could resolve a protest Equifax had lodged after the IRS went with another bidder.

The senators say in a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen that “we have no assurances that our constituents’ personal information is safe in their hands.”

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