March 09, 1993
IRS Announces R&D Center &
New Architect Office for TSM
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today announced that
it is taking two steps to ensure that the best available technical
expertise is applied to its tax systems modernization (TSM) program.
IRS said it awarded a contact to IIT Research Institute, of
Chicago, for a federally funded research and development center
(FFRDC) to provide high level technology assessment and strategic
planning for TSM.
IRS also announced the creation of an architect office to make
certain that IRS' architecture, or "blueprint", for TSM incorporates
correct application of technology, including software,
telecommunications and security.
Together, the FFRDC and the TSM architect office will provide
the high level technical expertise and direction identified by
Congress and the National Academy of Sciences as needed to
successfully implement TSM. Both will report to IRS' assistant
commissioner for information systems development, who is responsible
for the technical aspects of TSM.
The FFRDC, called the Tax Systems Modernization Institute, will
be a not-for-profit consortium that includes the University of
Maryland and George Mason University as subcontractors of IIT
IRS said it chose to use FFRDC because it maximizes objectivity
in assessing and validating IRS' TSM plans. By federal regulation,
FFRDC's are chartered to serve the public interest independent of
influences or conflicts of interest that can arise in the commercial
IRS said its new TSM architect office will be staffed with
technologists from inside and outside the IRS who have large scale
systems design experience needed to make certain that the design of
the TSM architecture is complete and correct. The Architect office
will also serve as primary technical advisor in defining the work to
be performed by the FFRDC.
The FFRDC will conduct continuing review, research, testing and
analysis, and advise IRS in the following areas: -- evaluating the
suitability of new and emerging technologies for tax systems
modernization (TSM), -- assessing TSM implementation plans and
strategies, -- reviewing TSM acquisition plans to make certain they
conform to TSM standards and designs.
IRS said its FFRDC contract with IIT Research Institute will be
in effect for up to five years through annual options and has a
maximum value of $78.5 million. Although not required by federal
regulation, IRS said it used competitive procurement procedures in
awarding the FFRDC contract.
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