The chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the Internal Revenue Service, has urged the agency to reconsider its contracts with Computer Sciences Corp.

Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif., wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. complaining that the agency paid Computer Sciences more than $18 million over the course of two years for a revamped screening system that is still not in place. Worse, the IRS recently announced that because not even the old system was not online for tax returns filed in 2006, the government had not caught an estimated $200 million to $300 million of fraudulent returns.

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