IRS readies follow-on program for Treasury systems support

IRS readies follow-on program for Treasury systems support

Contract office charges no service fee'even though it can'to become the provider of choice

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

The IRS expects that the Treasury Information Processing Support Services 2 program will become the services vehicle of choice for the Treasury Department's 14 bureaus.

'We built something we are really proud of,' said John Ely, director of the technical contract management division for TIPSS-2.

The IRS Office of Procurement awarded 14 indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts with term and completion task orders for up to five years through TIPSS-1 between 1994 and 1995.

'TIPSS-1 worked really well,' said John T. Smith, IRS director of contract administration.

TIPSS-1 attracted participation from the Customs Service, Financial Management Service, Secret Service and Bureau of the Public Debt. It built partnerships with its program office, customer organizations, procurement officials and contractors.

TIPSS-2 emerged as the original program ended. The procurement office awarded 18 departmentwide contracts between June and July for one base year and four option years to provide the IRS and other Treasury bureaus with information systems support, operational support services, organizational and management support and telecommunications support services.

TIPSS-2 program officials provide planning, execution and contracting expertise.

A Web site, at www.procurement.irs.treas.gov/contract.htm, explains the process.

TIPSS-2 officials also log all information pertaining to a contract'from points of contact to mandatory monthly status reports from the contractor.

The monthly status reports provide the information TIPSS officials need to establish a baseline schedule, project costs against schedule, track programs against schedule and track costs against projected costs.

Ely pointed out that the IRS charges no service fee for TIPSS-2 services, emphasizing this point because many agencies charge fees of up to 15 percent of an order's value. The General Services Administration, however, charges as low as 1 percent.

Ely's technical contract management division soon will move from an IRS facility in New Carrollton, Md., to the contract administration office in Oxon Hill, Md.

The two divisions make up the 30-member program team, which plans to raise its staffing levels, Ely said.

TIPSS-2 will run on a $6 million operating budget.

Ely said the success of TIPSS-1 produced a significant amount of follow-on business.

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