21 companies win TIPSS-3 contracts

The Internal Revenue Service has extended its Total Information Processing Support Services-2 (TIPSS-2) contract until Nov. 30 to give companies that recently won follow-on contracts time to prepare to compete for task orders. On Oct. 28, the IRS awarded 21 new contracts for information technology services under TIPSS-3.

A portion of the five-year program, with a potential value of $3 billion, has been set aside for small businesses. Those businesses will be eligible to compete for task orders of $250,000 or less, according to the award notice.

Winners of TIPPS-3 awards will compete for task orders under a variety of contract types such as cost-plus-fixed fee, firm-fixed price and time-and-materials. Under the contracts, the IRS and other Treasury Department agencies can buy systems support, security and business services.

“We’re going to do everything we can to be one of the principal contractors over there, said Charles Erdrich, vice president of business development at Avineon, one of six small businesses that won a TIPSS-3 contact. Avineon has 350 employees—140 in the United States and 210 overseas, mostly in the United Kingdom and India, he said.

Avineon holds Capability Maturity Model Level 3 certification from the Software Engineering Institute and has been providing software development and support for the Financial Management Service and U.S. Mint under other contracts.

Fifteen large businesses won TIPSS-3 contracts: Accenture, Apogen Technologies, BearingPoint, Booz Allen Hamilton, CGI-AMS, Computer Sciences, EDS, FC Business Systems, IBM Global Services, Lockheed Martin, Management Systems Designers, Northrop Grumman, QSS Group, Science Applications International, and Unisys.

Six small businesses won TIPSS-3 contracts: ActioNet, Avineon, Catapult Technology, Information Systems Consulting Group, Inter Image and Pragmatics.

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