Reece: 2002 is watershed for IRS modernization

Reece: 2002 is watershed for IRS modernization

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

New security systems, though, might be deployed early, he said. That's because IRS' congressional overseers have allowed the agency to request supplemental appropriations for speeding up an already-planned program of boosting data security and physical protection of IRS facilities. Reece said he would ask for roughly 50 percent of planned 2003 funds early.

The security program acceleration was driven by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he added.

Key modernization projects, 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 records.

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