Commissioner: IRS Over The Y2K hump : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

John Moore, ZDNet

The Internal Revenue Service has put the "biggest part of the most serious risk" behind it as the agency nears the final testing stage of its Year 2000 remediation effort, according to IRS commissioner Charles Rossotti.

Rossotti, who spoke Thursday at the National Press Club, said testing of converted systems is underway and that the last phase of testing is slated to begin Oct. 1. The "tax system will continue as the century changes," he said. By the time it wraps up the conversion, the IRS will have spent nearly $1 billion in bringing its systems into Year 2000 compliance.

That kind of investment, however, has prevented the agency from replacing computer systems that date to the mid 1960s. "In recent years we haven't implemented any new systems, as we consumed most of our technology resources fixing the Y2K problem," Rossotti said.

'Accelerated' Progress In 2001/2002

But Rossotti predicted that in 2001 and 2002 the IRS should experience an accelerated rate of progress. The agency already is establishing a long-term plan for replacing its antiquated computers. Much of that work will fall under the IRS' Prime Alliance contract, which was awarded to Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE:CSC - news) late last year.

Rossotti calls the upgrade "the biggest, toughest computer business systems replacement project that I have ever seen." But Rossotti is no stranger to managing systems integration tasks; he was a top executive at integrator American Management Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:AMSY - news) prior to joining the IRS in November 1997.

In other remarks, Rossotti said that the IRS will create more options for filing tax returns via the Internet and "put a process in place" for dealing with small businesses that may be unable to file a return because of Y2K glitches. He says he will make sure the agency deals with such cases in appropriate ways without making Y2K an excuse for not filing on time.

-- Mild Mannered Reporter (clark@super.duper), July 30, 1999


Yeeeeeeessssssssss and I'm the Jolly Green Giant.

MMR you are an imbecile to regurgitate old news constantly.

-- Andy (, July 30, 1999.

The article was posted yesterday on this thread:

-- Linkmeister (, July 30, 1999.

Over the hump? 'Being humped' would be more appropriate. They can't even find the last copy machine they purchased!

-- Will continue (, July 30, 1999.

As a matter of brother-in-law 'owed' them money and recieved a $650 'return' from them a few months ago. I get so tired of the beating people get when sharing second hand information, I refused to say anything about it. My Mother's cousin in Texas recieved a $3,500 check from the IRS, and his attorney is holding it for him. He is 74 years old, collects Social Security and hasn't worked in YEARS. Take it or leave it, I could care less. I personally despise liars, and am used to flames, so don't waste your ammo.

-- Will continue (, July 30, 1999.

What does the IRS guy mean???

Have they been "HUMPED" by Y2K?

Or...there planning to "HUMP" EVERYONE in Y2K??

-- K. Stevens (kstevens@It's ALL going away in, July 30, 1999.

Speaking of the IRS, I saw just a few seconds of a commercial this am(bad reception during it)evidently by the IRS. The scenario was something about a little boy saving up his money and then had an IRS printed word field in the background, something like that, as I said bad reception on my set at the time,combined with partial observation on my part. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else had seen any such commercials? I believe it's the first IRS commercial I have ever seen. Don't think it was H&R Block or anything like that, wrong time of year.

-- Barb (, July 30, 1999.

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