- By Judi Hasson
- May 28, 2001
They Spoke too Soon
We hear the new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's Treasury,
Postal Service and General Government Subcommittee was none too pleased
to hear complaints from the Internal Revenue Service that $128 million earmarked
for its information technology modernization effort was being held up on
Capitol Hill and could stall the program.
Aides to Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) said the "detail-oriented" lawmaker
was just busy studying the complex request to keep modernization moving
in 2001. Besides, the subcommittee "is just about the only friend the IRS
has up here," said committee spokesman John Scofield, who added that IRS
officials spoke too loudly and too soon about the cash-flow problem. It
must be true Congress approved the $128 million May 23.
Meanwhile, the General Services Administration has found $22.7 million
to do work on the IRS' headquarters, which was built in 1936. That includes
replacing the basement floor and electrical work, installing sprinkler systems
and replacing outdated equipment. Work on the reinforced concrete floor,
being installed by Grunley Construction, Rockville, Md., will be performed
at night so IRS workers can do their jobs during the day.
A Matter of Timing
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee had no problem with Angela
Styles' qualifications during her May 17 confirmation hearing for administrator
of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. After all, she's a longtime
procurement lawyer and recent detailee to GSA. But what did come up is Styles'
condition: She's nine months' pregnant.
Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), the committee chairman, joked that he
decided to make her first on the witness list, just in case. As of May 24,
both her baby and her confirmation vote were in a state of impending arrival,
so maybe the White House is hoping that the baby will arrive first and that
Styles will simply pick up as administrator when she comes back from maternity
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