BREAKING: IRS Archive Control Sold to Lowest Bidder

An anonymous tipster writes that the IRS lost a bid yesterday and its archives will now be controlled by a company in Florida.

The tipster writes that the government is undergoing “restructuring” whereby:

    “Sections of each agency “not related to the inner workings of the government” are being made to “bid” for the work they had done previously. Im part of the file retention unit (basically, the archives) of the IRS, and our section is one that has to bid.

    “Yesterday], we lost that bid, to a company in florida. Which means that our government will no longer be controlling your tax documents that are archival in nature (and we also store documents for this tax year) it will be in the hands of the lowest bidder.”

    This is also happening to other governmental agencies, not just the IRS. Corporations aren’t controlling the “inner workings” of each agency, but everything ELSE is being sliced up and delivered.

His latest entry is here and he promises to post developments.

Much to his surprise, when the regional director…

Told the news, the tipster’s fellow employee’s questions revolved around whether they could hired with the new company, and not, as he developed a headache thinking over, the long-term ramifications of outsourcing the entire government.

We’re intrigued, but not necessarily alarmed, this could be a good thing, after all. As long as the core operations are kept intact, the “restructuring” could lead to greater overall efficiencies, which can only mean one thing: tax breaks for the rich, which will undoubtedly trickle down to the neediest of all: the lower upper middle class.

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  1. ModerateSnark says:

    There are things that can be privatized, but this is not one of them. I hope this is not true.

    I’m moderate in lots of ways, including politically, but I think I am as upset with the current administration as the most fully-bled-out-hearted liberal. 2008 can’t come soon enough. I hope 2006 brings change. Get out and vote, young slackers!

  2. ModerateSnark says:

    Lest someone misread my last comment, I’m not upset with liberals. I’m as upset as liberals. I think. Being moderate can be confusing, and if I’m not careful these days, I could end up with both liberals and conservatives hating me.

  3. billhelm says:

    I think the biggest concern here is that confidential documents will be in the hands of the lowest bidder, and will they have adqueate information security policies.

  4. ModerateSnark says:

    They won’t.

  5. OkiMike says:

    To win a government procurement bid means to meet certain requirements that are laid out within the procurement notice’s terms. In this case, there are, no doubt, security stipulations.

    That’s how it’s supposed to work in theory anyway.

  6. OkiMike says:

    The problem comes when, of all the vendors vying for the contract, none of them can meet all the standards, in which case, the government tends to award a contract for the company with the best history of success (or other criteria depending on the situation).

    It’s not unheard of *ahem* for the government, in trying to find a vendor to fulfill a contract, to allow them to build a solution from scratch in order to meet their needs. But, let’s just say, that these kinds of situations don’t always turn out as expected.

    *ahem* *ahem*

  7. RandomHookup says:

    Okay, ModerateSnark. In these days of partisan politics you _must_ choose a side. Why do you hate America?

  8. ModerateSnark says:

    *snicker*

    RandomHookup, let us search for out commonalities, rather than our differences. You and I are each a capitalized adjective followed by capitalized word of ambiguous definition, with no space between. We’ll always have that to build on.

  9. ModerateSnark says:

    *our* commonalities.

    Another beautiful moment tainted by a typo.

  10. Grady says:

    In the first part of the article, the guy talks about how great it is that he can sit on his ass and listen to his ipod all night at work. Then he talks about terrible it will be when everything is outsourced so that they only have to pay bangalore wages for someone to sit on their ass. Being a temp gives him a little perspective, surely, but it still sounds like he’s part of the problem.

  11. Elvisisdead says:

    This is hardly breaking for anyone that follows government procurement. It’s mandated by OMB circular A-76. It’s called the Government performance of commercial activity, and A-76 seeks to minimize the cost to the government for performing services that are performed commercially at a higher quality and lower cost. Of course, you can’t expect some lazy-ass temp to know anything about it, yet still feel free to sit on his ass and bitch.

    Policy. It is the policy of the United States Government to:

    1. Achieve Economy and Enhance Productivity. Competition enhances quality, economy, and productivity. Whenever commercial sector performance of a Government operated commercial activity is permissible, in accordance with this Circular and its Supplement, comparison of the cost of contracting and the cost of in-house performance shall be performed to determine who will do the work. When conducting cost comparisons, agencies must ensure that all costs are considered and that these costs are realistic and fair.

    2. Retain Governmental Functions In-House. Certain functions are inherently Governmental in nature, being so intimately related to the public interest as to mandate performance only by Federal employees. These functions are not in competition with the commercial sector. Therefore, these functions shall be performed by Government employees.

    3. Rely on the Commercial Sector. The Federal Government shall rely on commercially available sources to provide commercial products and services. In accordance with the provisions of this Circular and its Supplement, the Government shall not start or carry on any activity to provide a commercial product or service if the product or service can be procured more economically from a commercial source.

    Just Google A-76 and you can find out about it to your heart’s content.

  12. RandomHookup says:

    Another beautiful moment tainted by a typo…

    If I had a nickel for every time a woman told me that, I’d be rich…

    Charter Member, Capitalized Adjective Club.

  13. RandomHookup says:

    or as we are formally known: Capitalized Adjective Club of America or CACA

  14. ModerateSnark says:

    I’m in.

    Who gets to be club president, a.k.a. “The Big CACA”?

    Perhaps for now, we Charter Members can rule on an equal basis, until one of gets too big for our britches and starts to disbelieve our stink.

  15. ModerateSnark says:

    And, on topic, thanks for the info on A-76, Elvisisdead.
    Now I can find out much more about how much to worry and who to blame.

  16. LLH says:

    i wonder if it would be ok to do a pre-emptive strike, you know, go down to the SS office, say i’ve been the victim of identity theft (except leaving out about the part where it’s in the future) get a new SS number etc…sure it’ll be a pain to call the bank and credit card people but just think, at least it’s not because someone else got to your info first. and is this a silly question but exactly where and how are these billions of tax returns being stored? cuz thats damn near a rain forest made from paper.

  17. Morgan says:

    Clearly I don’t qualify for your club, but I think your leader’s nickname should be based off the informal title of the club, so he can be known as the Big CAC.

  18. ModerateSnark says:

    Morgan, as you said, you’re not CACA material, but you can form the Capitalized Adjective Hangers-on Club, and be “The Big CAHC.”

  19. ModerateSnark says:

    Too snarky? Did that link put it over the top?

    Take no offense, it’s not just you. Everyone wishes they had a Capitalized Adjective.