IRS cuts 218 tech jobs

A restructuring of the Internal Revenue Service's information technology operations at 10 tax-processing sites will result in the loss of 218 jobs, agency officials said today.

"We have more employees than we have work in this particular operation," said Raymona Stickell, the IRS' director of competitive sourcing.

The job cuts, slated to occur by June 1, 2005, will remove all but 60 employees from the agency's Modernization and IT Services mainframe printing operation.

Stickell said the lost jobs are a consequence of a competitive sourcing study that found technological solutions to reduce costs.

"Instead of having to print the reports and distribute them within the campuses, they are now able to move 80 percent to work electronically the desktops," she said.

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, described the cuts as a direct result of IRS officials doing their best to meet the Bush administration's unstated quota of contracting out a certain percentage of federal jobs at each agency.

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