The Internal Revenue Service has selected 33 companies as prime contractors to provide information technology services over a 10-yer period.

One of the prime contractors, QinetiQ North America, said Thursday that the 10-year contracts include one base year and nine one-year options. The IT services-related contracts are referred to as indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, or IDIQ, contracts, for Total Information Processing Support Services Information Technology Services, or TIPPS-4 ITS.

The contracts are all for technology-related services within the IRS and other Treasury Department bureaus.

The 33 prime contractors on the multiple-award contract will provide support in a wide variety of areas, ranging from local PC applications to the integration of some of the IRS’s older large-scale systems. The contractors will also develop new systems for the IRS, as well as provide security services and program management.

The IRS has been under pressure to improve the security of its systems after numerous government audits by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Government Accountability Office found security vulnerabilities and other problems.

The TIPSS-4 ITS contract is supposed to upgrade the IRS’s systems to the latest state-of-the-art technology throughout the period of the contract.

“Being selected for this award from among some of the industry’s largest and most competitive firms is a true indication of our advanced technology-based capabilities, and the quality of service our government partners are confident we can provide,” said QinetiQ North America executive vice president Jill Thompson in a statement. “We are up for the challenge and are excited to be supporting the IRS.”

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