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IRS temporarily halts Equifax contract

The Internal Revenue Service has suspended its contract with Equifax Inc.

The suspension, worth about $7.3 million to the consumer credit company, is temporary, Politico reported. The company was awarded the contract to verify taxpayers' identities while officials resolved a dispute over another contract.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has called for the company to be barred from consideration for all new or renewed government contracts.

"Suspending the IRS contract is only the first step. We cannot know taxpayers are protected until Equifax is banned from all federal contracts," Brown said in a statement.

During the suspension, the IRS intends to continue reviewing the security of the company's systems, according to Politico.

This week, Equifax took down a webpage amid reports of another possible hack.