Faced with an out-of-control $3.4 billion overhaul of its aging computer systems, the US Internal Revenue Service is set to appoint an IT company chief executive as its new head.
Sources in Washington say that the Clinton Administration is in the final stages of clearing the appointment of Charles Rossotti, chairman and chief executive of Virginia-based systems development firm American Management Systems, to head up the 103,000 strong agency, whose computers have to process 200 million tax returns a year.
Although previous IRS chiefs have all had an accountancy background, the US government has identified the agency?s out of control computer projects as the main concern of the new incumbent and as such wants an IT expert in the hot seat.
All of the service?s computer systems are being replaced as part of a $3.4 billion 10 year upgrade program, but this is acknowledged to be over budget and behind schedule.
If his appointment is approved, Rossotti will also face trying to complete the service?s estimated $129 million Year 2000 conversion, which a Washington committee admitted earlier this year was akin to "running a marathon race at a sprinters speed". He will also be responsible for co-ordinating the proposed outsourcing the IRS?s systems early in the next century.
AMS specialises in the field of revenue management serving taxing agencies across the US as well as in helping human services programs. In the Federal government, AMS is a leading provider of desktop automated support for procurement.
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