Veto may stall IRS, Customs IT
- By Judi Hasson
- Oct 31, 2000
President Clinton's veto of the Treasury, Postal Service and Government
Operations bill Tuesday may stall two big information technology projects
to modernize systems at the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Customs
The legislation included $130 million to start replacing a 17-year-old
legacy system at U.S. borders and $200 million to continue building a new
electronic system at the IRS. But these projects could be held up indefinitely
if the money is not made available soon.
"We are sorry to see President Clinton take this step and hope that
it does not come back to haunt the U.S. economy and American people in the
form of export snafus, supply chain disruptions, lost market opportunities
and plant layoffs," said Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology
Association of America, referring to the customs funding.
The IRS needs an infusion of money to continue building the architecture
for IRS Prime, a 15-year project to turn a paper agency into a seamless
But Clinton said he was vetoing the appropriations measure because he
wanted to sign more pressing money bills, including one for education, before
he approves funding to keep government working. It is unclear how Congress
and the White House intend to work out their stalemate.