IRS says modernization projects are on a roll

The IRS' Business Systems Modernization projects are showing steady progress, IRS CIO Todd Grams told the IRS Oversight Board at its most recent meeting. The first release of the Customer Account Data Engine, the new database to replace the ancient Master File, has operated smoothly since July. IRS expects to release the next version on schedule in January, the oversight board said today.

The Integrated Financial System is ready for timely delivery in a rolling release. It will perform general ledger tasks of receivables and accounts payable. IRS recently released the first version of the Custodial Accounting Project, which extracts taxpayer account data from the Individual Master File for the Taxpayer Account Subledger, a data warehouse of taxpayer information. Various e-services for tax professionals and Modernized e-file for corporations are expected to hit the street this year.

Meanwhile, the oversight board, an independent body charged with advising the tax agency, selected Raymond Wagner Jr., as its new chairman. He is one of the board's private sector members, currently the legal and legislative vice president for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in St. Louis, Mo. Wagner succeeds Nancy Killefer, whose term as board chair expired.

President Bush also recess-appointed Paul Jones, a senior vice president for Time Warner Telecom, headquartered in Littleton, Colo., as a new oversight board member.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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