People

Milholland exits IRS

IRS CTO Terry Milholland

Longtime IRS CTO Terry Milholland, shown here testifying before a Senate committee, is departing the tax agency.

IRS Chief Technology Officer Terry Milholland is leaving the tax agency.

IRS leadership has long warned that Milholland, whose role was much like that of a CIO and who came to IRS eight years ago from the private sector, would be out without an extension of the streamlined critical pay authority under which he was hired.

Streamlined critical pay allowed IRS to pay tech talent above the senior executive service schedule. And more importantly, leadership has said, it simplified and sped the onboarding process.

With no renewal of the hiring authority, Milholland's latest four-year term expired this week. "Now, unfortunately, this means Terry will be leaving the IRS, even though he would have liked to have stayed longer," wrote IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a statement. "We remain hopeful that Congress will see the value of this program for taxpayers and the IRS and eventually renew this hiring authority, which would allow us to bring in more talented people like Terry.

Milholland came to government after serving as a top technical officer at Visa International, Electronic Data Systems and Boeing.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in May he was considering renewal of the authority, but he also condemned Koskinen's leadership.

Koskinen, meanwhile, credited Milholland for helping deliver an "IT renaissance" at the IRS.

He noted Milholland's work on the IT modernization project Customer Account Data Engine (CADE-2), the migration to Windows 7 and IRS' smooth implementation of Affordable Care Act requirements.

"Because of work performed to deliver CADE2, the Government Accountability Office removed our Business Systems Modernization program from its High-Risk list in 2013," Koskinen wrote. "We'd been on that list since 1995 — and many thought the removal would never happen."

An IRS spokesman confirmed that Milholland’s last day was June 30. Gina Garza, a long-serving IRS IT leader who headed up the ACA program office, has replaced Milholland in an acting capacity

Milholland is one of 10 senior IRS IT officials who were brought in under streamlined critical pay and whose terms, without its restoration, will soon expire.

Note: This article was updated on July 1 to add IRS comments that came after initial publication.

About the Author

Zach Noble is a former FCW staff writer.

Featured

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

  • Comment
    Pilot Class. The author and Barbie Flowers are first row third and second from right, respectively.

    How VA is disrupting tech delivery

    A former Digital Service specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs explains efforts to transition government from a legacy "project" approach to a more user-centered "product" method.

  • Cloud
    cloud migration

    DHS cloud push comes with complications

    A pressing data center closure schedule and an ensuing scramble to move applications means that some Homeland Security components might need more than one hop to get to the cloud.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.