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Accenture to revamp IRS Web site

The Internal Revenue Service has selected Accenture to redesign the agency's Web site, awarding a contract potentially worth $33.6 million.

The length of the contract is five years, with a base year of $5.7 million and four one-year options.

Accenture will provide consulting services and be responsible for revamping the site. The company will be assisted by Qwest Communications International Inc., which will host the site.

Greg Carson, director of Electronic Tax Administration modernization at the IRS, said in a recent interview that a redesign of the site was necessary because visitors can't find anything on it.

"All the information you ever want to know is in there—it's just impossible to find," he said.

The IRS site includes several hundred thousand pages of text and graphics. The new site is expected to debut Jan. 1, in time for the next federal income tax season, but not before focus groups evaluate it.

Elo TouchSystems on GSA schedule

Elo TouchSystems Inc., a manufacturer of touch-screen monitors, has been added to the General Services Administration schedule.

The Fremont, Calif., company will offer its products through the GSA schedule of Federal Network Services Inc., Redmond, Wash., an integrator and reseller of network communications technologies.

Elo's line of Entuitive LCD and CRT touch monitors are used in a variety of applications, including public kiosks, customer surveys, building directories, fingerprinting in high-security areas and military machine control.

Elo is a unit of Tyco Electronics Corp., Harrisburg, Pa.

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