System gets immortalized

System gets immortalized

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has immortalized the Treasury Information Executive Repository. TIER, the department's standard integrated financial management systems data warehouse, recently became part of the museum's Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology.

TIER receives monthly financial data from 17 reporting entities and 43 accounting systems in an Oracle7 database running under Open-VMS 7.3.3 on a Compaq AlphaServer 8400.

TIER is a segment of the department's data warehouse, which contains summary level, strategic planning, budget execution and accounting data from Treasury's 14 bureaus.

The data is used to generate departmental financial statements and ad hoc reports as a component of the Financial Analysis and Reporting System.

'The primary source material submitted by [Treasury] will enrich the National Museum of American History's growing collection of the history of information technology, and contribute significantly to the museum's ongoing efforts to chronicle the Information Age,' said Spencer R. Crew, director of the National Museum of American History.

•'Treasury awarded a blanket purchasing agreement to CDW Computer Centers Inc. of Vernon Hills, Ill., for Hewlett-Packard Co. products.

All Treasury bureaus can now purchase Hewlett-Packard products such as notebook PCs, desktop computers, servers, printers, external storage devices and accessories through the one-year contract, which has renewal options through Jan. 21, 2004.

The bureaus will have access to many services, including personal account managers and a customized extranet site. The site will provide a secure electronic-commerce site for personnel to track telephone and online purchases.

•'The IRS reported it is well on its way to meeting the congressional mandate of processing 80 percent of tax returns electronically by 2007 under the IRS Reconstruction and Reform Act of 1998. The service this year has received a total of 34.9 million computer and telephone tax filings.

More than 5.4 million of its electronic tax returns were authenticated with personal identification numbers chosen by clients of paid preparers who participated in an IRS pilot program. About 1.4 million taxpayers who filed their own tax returns used e-file customer numbers assigned by the IRS.

Also, the IRS directly deposited tax refunds to the bank accounts of 27 million taxpayers.

•'The IRS Web site, at www.irs.gov, held its position as one of the most frequently visited sites on the Internet.

Through April 17, the site was hit 968 million times this year.

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