Cosgrave to depart IRS

Paul Cosgrave, chief information officer at the Internal Revenue Service since 1998, is returning to private industry.

Cosgrave was instrumental in developing the IRS blueprint for modernization, which defines how to improve the tax agency's business operations with technology. The blueprint's release is expected this week.

"Less than half of the information systems reported to the CIO. It was decentralized and not viewed positively," Cosgrave said of the managerial situation when he arrived at the IRS. Now, he said, information has been integrated into the tax agency and centralized.

Cosgrave will leave later this month to join a new venture in New York, which he declined to name.

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