IRS Tries Agile Acquisition for Data Tools

IRS Tries Agile Acquisition for Data Tools

FCW (August 13, 2019)

The IRS, which still regularly uses software and systems that are more than 60 years old, is hoping a new pilot program to acquire new technology will help change that.  A draft solicitation released August 2 seeks proposals for a Treasury-wide Data Governance and Analytics Initiative that will make use of a new procurement vehicle rolled out last year, dubbed Pilot IRS, to develop new ways to automate and refine departmental contract data. It will also serve as an overarching framework for multiple technology pilots down the road as officials essentially attempt to create a sandbox for innovation inside the agency that is unmoored from the traditionally sluggish and bureaucratic federal procurement process.

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