Reece: 2002 is make-or-break on IRS upgrades

Reece: 2002 is make-or-break on IRS upgrades

John Reece

Vowing to maintain a barrage of on-schedule releases of systems and software, John Reece, CIO of the IRS, said 2002 will be a 'make-or-break year for IRS modernization.'

But new security systems might get early deployment, he said.

The IRS' congressional overseers have given the agency an opening to request supplemental appropriations to speed up an already planned program for boosting data security and physical protection of IRS facilities. Reece said he would ask for 50 percent of planned 2003 funds early.

The acceleration was driven by the events of Sept. 11, he added.

Key deliverables under the modernization plan, Reece said, include a 'huge release cycle for the [Customer Account Data Engine], what I call our Master File liberator.' CADE, now in development under a contract with IBM Corp., is a relational database system to replace the IRS' tape-driven taxpayer record-keeping.

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