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IRS Wants to Buy More Problem-Solving Technologies Using Streamlined Procurement Program

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The Internal Revenue Office is expanding its procurement and phased-funding program to quickly deploy more emerging technologies aimed at solving various agency problems, FedScoop reported Monday.

Mitch Winans, IRS senior adviser for enterprise digitalization, explained in a recent webinar that the Pilot IRS program enables the agency to purchase bits of technologies for evaluation using less money and time than traditional processes deploying them at scale.

Under Pilot IRS, market research and solicitation for a needed service are finished within four weeks at most before four to five bidders are awarded potential three-phase contracts.

According to a senior IRS contracting officer, the program receives a huge number of proposals as it enables companies to deliver their technologies directly to the agency.

Pilot IRS has released nine technology challenges since its inception, with five of them currently in the third phase.