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IRS sends wrong message

The Internal Revenue Service blamed a programming error for 500,000 letters sent last week that misinform tax.payers about the size of their rebate.

"It is important that taxpayers understand that all the advance payment checks will be in the correct amount—and more than 99.5 percent of taxpayers receiving the initial letters from the IRS will have the correct information about the payments," IRS commissioner Charles Rossotti said in a statement July 17. "The programming error affects the letters only."

Congress had appropriated $66 million to send the letters to taxpayers.

FEMA gets handle on mail

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tapped Integic Corp. to help manage and respond to the deluge of paper documents FEMA receives from disaster victims, members of Congress and others.

Under a $15 million contract signed in late June, Integic will provide 1,200 seats of its e.Power content and process management product combined with Hummingbird Ltd.'s CyberDOCS document management tool. That will produce a Web-based resource that FEMA employees can use to access disaster-related correspondence. The Correspondence Action Tracking System is scheduled to be up and running by about Feb. 15, 2002.

HUD picks TRW for grants

TRW Inc. has been awarded a $2 million contract to design and build a software system that will help the Department of Housing and Urban Development track more than $26 billion in annual grants.

TRW's Systems and Information Technology Group received the contract for the first phase of the Departmental Grants Management System program, which will streamline and standardize HUD's grants procedures.

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