IRS builds portals into next blueprint
- By Judi Hasson
- Nov 29, 2000
The Internal Revenue Service's latest blueprint for modernization will include
plans for three portals to access IRS computer systems.
The blueprint, to be released Dec. 18, maps out using single points
of entry — a model being used increasingly for the government to provide
swift and secure access to information.
Paul Cosgrave, chief information officer at the IRS, said the blueprint
would reflect a Web-oriented approach that was not in place when the first
blueprint was released in 1997. "There is a lot more thinking around orientation
and using Web and portal technology," he said Wednesday.
The blueprint includes plans for three portals: one for employees; one
for registered users, such as tax accountants filing returns electronically
for clients; and one for taxpayers.
"The blueprint itself is the technical vision of what the systems will
look like at the end of modernization. It doesn't get you down to where
every nail gets hammered down," Cosgrave said. Although the blueprint does
not include a price for the massive project, it will lay out the strategy
for designing and implementing the next phase of the IRS' Prime modernization
program, which is expected to take five to seven years.
The overall project is a 10-year, multibillion-dollar effort to turn
the tax agency into a fully automated system. Computer Sciences Corp. is
the prime contractor.
The IRS will continue to phase in new segments as they become available,
including an automated telephone system early next year.
Meanwhile, Cosgrave said the $200 million released for the program by
Congress on Tuesday would be used within the next few weeks to take some
projects from the planning stage to the design phase. It is the largest
single release of funds since the project to turn the IRS into a paperless
agency began, he said.