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Thursday, February 14, 2013

IRS program, interagency contracting finally removed from High-Risk list

Interagency contracting and the IRS Business Systems Modernization program are no longer considered high risk initiatives by the Government Accountability Office.

GAO removed these two programs from its biennial High Risk Listreleased today.

The multi-billion dollar IRS program made it off the list after 18 years of constant challenges around technology and financial management controls, and other management weaknesses.

The GAO put the management of interagency contracting on watch in 2005 because of unclear lines of accountability between customer and assisting agencies, and improper use of these contracts, which included buying out-of-scope work and limited or non-competitive procurements.

GAO said both the IRS and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy have improved the weaknesses so the programs now are considered to be on a strong path toward success.

-Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com

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