IRS Announces Cancellation of Files Contract
And Return of Work to Agency Employees
NTEU applauded the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) decision
to return into the hands of agency employees the work of managing
and storing taxpayer files.
“This marks the first time since this administration launched
its aggressive contracting out program that I have seen a major
contract ‘in-sourced,’” said NTEU President Colleen
M. Kelley, who has called for this move since the IRS contracted
out the work two years ago. “Turning over the sensitive work
of filing and maintaining tax returns and their related documents
and correspondence was a bad idea from the start.”
The IRS said it is not renewing its multi-million dollar contract
with IAP Worldwide, Inc., and that effective Oct 1 it would resume
direct management over taxpayer files at seven regional tax return
submission processing centers—Andover, Mass., Atlanta, Austin,
Covington, Ky.; Fresno, Calif.; Kansas City, and Ogden, Utah. The
agency is in discussions with NTEU over hiring employees for the
positions. Some 700 jobs are expected to be filled at these locations.
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