IRS Accounting System Set for October Launch

Updating the Internal Revenue Service's new financial accounting system took a year longer than expected, but seems to be on track now for an October deployment, Computerworld reported.

Those close to the Integrated Financial System project concede that it was overly ambitious to try to complete a 24- to 30-month deployment in just 12 months. "We undertook an aggressive schedule that everyone has since determined was probably too aggressive," Jim Sheaffer, Computer Sciences Corp.'s program manager for the IRS modernization effort, told Computerworld. "Everything had to go exactly right for that to work, and everything didn't go exactly right."

The El Segundo, CA-based CSC was the primary contractor and integrator for the IFS project, which is part of the IRS's Business Systems Modernization strategy to modernize the agency's IT systems and processes, Computerworld reported.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently issued a report covering its final audit on the Internal Revenue Service's new Integrated Financial System project, indicating significant progress has been made in getting back on track, Computerworld reported.

Following integration and security testing, the IFS is due to be operational in October. "We set a very detailed schedule to make that date," Sheaffer said. Currently, all the software is in place and workers are in the final stages of data conversion practice runs to ensure proper operation of the system. "We're right on track to meet that schedule, and we're driving hard to get there."

Margaret Begg, a TIGTA assistant inspector general for audit, told Computerworld that her agency continues to monitor the project and is hopeful that the latest schedule will be met. "The testing is going well, and all indications are they will be able to meet that timeline," Begg said. "I hate to say this, but we've heard that before. We are hopeful that it is on schedule."

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