Selfie grifters still burrowed tick-like into the Federal Government

A year after outcry, IRS still doesn't offer taxpayers alternative to

When the IRS announced last year that it was working to roll out a government-administered tool to securely grant taxpayers access to online services, it seemed like a triumph for critics calling on the agency to end its controversial partnership with, a service that largely uses automated facial recognition to verify a taxpayer's identity.

But a year and another tax season later, the IRS still offers exclusively with no alternative vendor or in-person options. The lack of progress raises questions about the federal government's slow rollout of and its reliance on a growing industry of private vendors to verify Americans' identities in order for them to access public services online.

Launched in 2017 to offer the public an easy way to securely log in to federal websites, was supposed to streamline the way Americans interact with the federal government. Five years later and more than $187 million in government investment later, however, it still hasn't been widely rolled out.

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4 Responses:

  1. CSL3 says:

    And California specifically, too. Fuckers are still holding my vax QR code hostage (granted, I was only ever asked for it at two places - one of which was DNA Lounge). Glad I don't need to do anything DMV-related for years.

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    To be Scrupulously Fair, the IRS suffers from having one major political party that never stops trying to starve it to death, so it's not like there were any resources made available to deal with this.

    Really, probably the only reason got off the ground at all was that it was Trump time and somebody got on some grift by letting it go forward with only offered for authentication. is a scam IOW.

  3. Jeff says:

    One of the more infuriating things about this for me is that seems to work very well for the Social security administration. Easy to set up, easy to use, even for the less-than-tech-savvy 70+ year old relatives I've helped with it.

    That it's not ubiquitous now? I find it very hard to believe it's because the technology isn't ready.

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