IRS' ADP Budget:
Funds for a Suspended Payroll Project Need Further Justification
IMTEC-88-44, Jun 15, 1988
GAO provided information regarding the: (1) current status of the Department of the Treasury's Federal Standard Civilian Payroll System (FEDSCPS); and (2) Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) budget request for FEDSCPS project funds.
GAO found that Treasury: (1) contracted for FEDSCPS development in 1985; (2) assigned project responsibility to IRS; (3) terminated its FEDSCPS contract in 1987 due to increasing costs, the contractor's failure to meet milestone dates, and increased system requirements; (4) organized a study team to evaluate alternatives for a new payroll system; and (5) is still considering the team's recommendation that Treasury select the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Payroll and Personnel System. GAO also found that IRS requested $10.5 million for the FEDSCPS project in fiscal year 1989 for: (1) staff to perform testing, personnel training, data conversion, and account maintenance; and (2) hundreds of terminals and printers for its field offices.
- Review Pending
- Closed - implemented
- Closed - not implemented
Matter for Congressional Consideration
Matter: Considering the status of FEDSCPS development and Treasury's pending decision to select the USDA payroll system, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government, may wish to explore current IRS justification for these funds.
Status: Review Pending
Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.