CSC wins next phase of IRS database work

CSC wins next phase of IRS database work

The IRS has negotiated a $34 million task order with Computer Sciences Corp. to expand use of the Customer Account Data Engine, the agency's new taxpayer database.

CADE, which ultimately will replace the Master File, handles only a limited number of 1040EZ forms now but is an integral part of the IRS' business systems modernization. Ultimately, CADE will become a single database for all account and tax return data.

Under the new deal, IRS Prime contractor CSC will roll out the latest release of the software in July. The upgraded version will let CADE process and retain more taxpayer accounts, CSC officials said.

This year, taxpayer returns will be processed on the new modernized system during the beginning of the season. It is expected that CADE will process 2 million 1040EZ returns for the 2005 filing season.

IRS CIO Todd Grams has said the July release will let the agency begin testing the scalability and more complex functions the service will need from CADE. Grams said last year the tests would alleviate concerns about the database's readiness raised by the Treasury Department's inspector general [see GCN story].

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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