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Thursday, April 21, 2016 N/Warren Town and CountyNews Page Thirte Concluded from p. 12 2020 Congressman David Young's Capitol Solutions Weekly Report to Iowa's Hardworking Taxpayers The IlLS is Becoming a Reliable Friend of Identity, Thieves Benjamin Franklin once said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." However, as Iowans get closer to the inevitable annual filing deadline for tax re- turns, they can unfortunately also be certain the Intemal Revenue Service (IRS) is yet again failing to protect their personal and financial information. Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) - the office charged with auditing and investigating the federal government - released a report citing significant, "unnecessarily vulnerable" security weaknesses within the ILLS, which threaten the privacy of sensitive information of taxpayers across the country. This news is just as frustrating as it is frightening. In just the past year, the IlLS collected over $3.3 trillion and processed over 243 million tax return forms and other taxpayer documents. With the amount of data and money routed through IRS each year, the safety and security of every American's personal information should be the agency's top priority. What's more, the GAO pointed to the LRS' failure to implement parts of the agency's own information security program as an "underlying reason for these weaknesses". GAO even released a separate report citing 43 different recommendations of correc- tions the IRS needs to make. While the IRS has been busy neglecting to implement aspects of their own secu- rity procedures, cybercriminals, thieves and fraudsters continue to target the per- sonal information of hardworking Americans through many different means. Look- ing at last year alone, approximately 330,000 identities of taxpayers were compro- mised by cybercriminals. I often hear from Iowans voicing their concerns about filing tax return forms online, or worries about sharing personal information over the Internet, or even reporting instances of their own stolen returns or those of their friends, neighbors and family members. The IRS has said they will review the GAO report and update Congress within 60 days, however I think this unhurried plan of action is unacceptable. The IlLS needs to work to address their systems and policies without delay, because Americans de- serve accountabili , transparency and assuredness when it comes to the federal agen- des with which they are required to interact. As your U.S. Representative, and as founder of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force to Combat Identity Theft and Fraud, I fight for solutions to address problems like cybercrime, tax fraud, and identity theft every day. While the cybersecurity land- scape may be ever changing, my commitment is constant, as I work with my col- leagues to find commonsense solutions to protect Iowans from hackers, scammers, thieves and fraudsters. And ultimatel)5 the IRS must utilize every existing tool available to implement and improve security policies, for there is absolutely no excuse for federal agencies to risk the personal and financial information of countless Americans. David Young is the Congressman serving all the people of Iowa's Third Congressional District. He is a member of the Committee on Appropriations and Subcommittees on Agri- culture, Homeland Security, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Tip8 To Help YOU \ 2021 Safety Tips for Walkers, Joggers and Bikers With the start of spring, Norwalk Public Safety would like to take this opportu- nity to remind everyone of a few things to make sure they stay safe while enjoying the outdoors: Wear a reflective vest or light colored clothes, especially when outside in the dark or during low light conditions. Avoid dark colors that may make it difficult to be seen. If you are riding a bike, scooter, etc. please make sure you have a light on the front and rear. When riding a bike, scooter or other wheeled vehicle remember to wear a hel- met. This includes morn and dad. We need to set a positive example for our children. Most preventable head injuries happen from heights no taller than the victim is nor- mal]y standing. Always make eye contact with the driver of a vehicle when crossing the street or being passed. This will help ensure that they see you. When using the bike path, please remember to follow the traffic signs on the bike path. These are legal signs which need to be observed. In a lot of the intersec- tions we have that cross the bike path, vehicles need to pull out a little further, often into the cross walk, so they can safely determine if they can pull out into traffic. If possible, carry a cell phone so that in an emergency you can call for assistance. Always notify a friend or a family member of your planned route and an ap- proximate time of your return. We hope these quick reminders help you and your families have an accident free ;ummer. Bringing Delicious Ingenuity To Leftovers (NAPS)--When it comes to preparing festive meals, it almost seems customary for the host to prepare much more food than can be eaten at one meal so friends and family can savor the flavors for several days to come. Cold turkey and its fixings can be as delicious as when they are first served if you bring a spark of ingenuity to your leftover recipe ideas. Why settle for an ordinary turkey sandwich when you can have a deluxe offering that combines tastes from all corners of the table? The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich starts with slices of turkey breast that are com- plemented with a scoop of bread stuffing and tangy cranberry sauce. This left- over classic is dressed up with hearty multigrain broad that's been spread with Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil, which has all the taste of regular mayo but only half the fat and calories. Roasted sweet potatoes combine in beautiful color and texture with celery, wal- nuts and red onions in a Roasted Sweet Potato Salad. This seasonal twist on a clas- sic potato salad is also bright- ened up with the great taste of Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil that delightfidly blends all of the recipe's flavors, while delivering only half the fat and calories of traditional mayonnaise. the 2 bread slices. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Prep: 40 rain. plus cooling The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich For more recipes and tips on healthy living, visit www.kraftfoods.com. The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich Prep: 10 rain. Total: 10 min. 1 lb. sweet potatoes (about 3), peeled, cubed 1/3 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing, divided 3 Tbsp. KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise 2 stalks celery, chopped 1/2 cup Walnut Pieces, toasted cup chopped red onim s 2 slices multigrain bread 1 Tbsp. KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise 3 oz. oven-roasted turkey breast, sliced ~/2 cup prepared STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Turkey 2 Tbsp. cranberry sauce Spread bread with Mayo; fill with remaining ingredients. Makes I serving. Heat oven to 400 F. Toss potatoes with 3 Tbsp. Italian dressing; spread into shallow foil-lined baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 rain. or until potatoes are tender, stirring after 15 min. Cool completely. Mix Mayo and remain- ing Italian dressing in large bowl. Add potatoes, celery, nuts and onions; toss Hghtly. Makes 6 servings, about '/3 cup each. Serving Suggestion: Serve with a mixed green salad tossed with your fa- vorite KRAFT Dressing. Creative Leftovers: Substitute 1 leftover dinner roll cut in haJ E ~or Substitute: Substitute green onions for the red onions. Make Ahead: Salad can be made ahead of time. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain Make yourself an honest world. man, and then you may be sure there is less rascal in the -Thomas Carlyle