The IRS plans to combine the administration of a portion of its mission critical systems into a single governmentwide acquisition vehicle (GWAC) with a ceiling of $2.6 billion and a performance period of seven years. The task order is a one-year base ordering period, four one-year optional ordering periods, and two one-year award term option periods earned from meeting performance obligations.
The agency is planning on a single prime award. The awardee will be expected to deliver IT services across a broad range of categories and functions to assist the agency in: systems engineering and enterprise architecture; defect reporting and tracking; configuration management; and IT systems development programming and source code development.
The purpose of the EDOS contract is to reduce costs, decrease operational redundancies and determine performance-based incentives for the administration of IRS technology systems. Funds that will assist in this transfer were appropriated by the American Rescue Plan Act for costs related to payment distribution and development of IRS systems.
There are 21 systems that will be included in the EDOS consolidation. These systems include the administration of the tax-related facets of the Affordable Care Act, IRS’ central financial systems, web-based user interfaces for the public, and the Customer Account Data Engine 2 (CADE2). The CADE2 is planned to supplant the Individual Master File as the main taxpayer account system.
The IRS believes it will be about 18 months fully transition all EDOS IT requirements to this Task Order. A changeover plan will be supplied with projected Period of Performance (POP) start dates for each existing effort.
The agency spends roughly $2 billion annually on information technology. This means the EDOS vehicle will be the lion’s share of their total budget in that sector. This is part of a six-year, 2019 initiative by the IRS with a focus to eliminate as much legacy code in the IT infrastructure as possible.