J. Russell George is IRS inspector general. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The IRS is making progress consolidating its data centers but must do more to achieve its goals, according to a report released Wednesday.
The Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration said in its report while the IRS has closed two of its original 15 data centers, it lacks a clear plan on how to achieve its goal of having only eight data centers by the end of fiscal 2015.
The IRS has not finalized a plan that sets milestones and time frames for reaching its goal and has not identified the ideal size and overall square footage of its data centers, according to TIGTA.
The report recommends the IRS develop a detailed plan to reach its goals and that the agency should close its data center in Detroit, which would save the agency an estimated $15 million annually.