Treasury awards Pilot IRS EDCMO Optical Character Recognition (OCR) contracts

Updated July 27, 2021

Notice ID 2032H8-21-R-12345
Related Notice 2032H8-21-R-12345

“Contract Award Date: Jul 26, 2021…
Base and All Options Value (Total Contract Value): $7,500,000.00

Contract No. 2032H5-21-C-00054

Contract No. 2032H5-21-C-00056

Contract No. 2032H5-21-C-00058
Maximus Federal Services, INC

Contract No. 2032H5-21-C-00059
International Business Machines

Contract No. 2032H5-21-C-00060
Brillient Corporation…”

Read more here.

Updated June 17, 2021

Notice ID 2032H8-21-R-12345


Thank you for your interest in the Pilot Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Enterprise Digitalization and Case Management Office (EDCMO) Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Solution Challenge. A draft solicitation was posted on Thursday May 27, 2021. IRS held a listening session on Wednesday June 16, 2021. IRS is issuing the final Request for Proposal/Solicitation today, Wednesday June 16, 2021. Proposals are due promptly on Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 08:00 AM EDT. No late submissions shall be accepted…”

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Posted May 28, 2021

“The purpose of Pilot IRS is to provide an incremental and modular approach to identifying, testing, and deploying solutions that support our mission, regardless of whether or not that solution, technology, or firm currently resides within the IRS or the federal government. Inherently, this process will represent some risk to the IRS, as the technologies may not currently be fully aligned to its mission; however, the IRS recognizes that risk is inherent to the operations of any organization, and acknowledges that it must sometimes accept risk in order to further its mission.

In this version of Pilot IRS, the maximum dollar amount for each contract issued under the SC will be $7.5 million dollars, across all funded phases within a given contract. Within this SC (extracting machinereadable data from low-resolution images and low-quality documents), phases will become longer and be funded in greater amounts as they progress…”

“Introduction: The federal government struggles at times with identifying ways to test, purchase, and deploy innovative technology solutions. A large function of this is how long it takes to not only purchase the actual solution, but also test it, provide feedback, and ultimately decide how (and whether) to deploy the solution. In other words, this is not simply a ‘how quickly can we buy it’, but also a ‘how do we test it and decide whether or not to fund it for deployment’. There are also times when the federal government prescribes a specific approach to a solution, and then asks who can do it best, and for the lowest price. This can limit innovation and is often not the best approach when looking for emerging technologies and how their inclusion can benefit the government and the American taxpayers…”

“Goals: Pilot IRS has three goals:

  • to promote innovative responses to challenges;
  • to broadly communicate areas of interest in the innovative solutions and technologies arena; and,
  • to create a streamlined progression from concept to prototype, testing, and limited deployment that allows for incremental funding decisions for promising solutions and technologies…”

“Solution Challenge (SC) Five – Optical Character Recognition…”

“This solicitation is for innovative solutions to improve the IRS’s ability to extract machine-readable data from these low-resolution images and poor-quality documents. The initial and primary focus will be on extracting machine-readable data from existing digital images that reside within a specific scanning system (called Service Center Recognition Image Processing System (SCRIPS)), and include both structured and unstructured data (although the overwhelming majority of images within this initial system are forms, handwritten information as well as typed information is included); initial phases will focus on a particular form/image, and if successful, will scale to other forms/images within that same scanning system. If solutions prove viable relative to the forms contained within the scanning system, they may then be scaled to other systems or repositories. There are no specific solutions or approaches that are being requested; rather, any approach which is focused on the three goals of the solicitation will be considered. The three goals are:

  1. Extract machine-readable data out of low-resolution (120 dpi and below) and poor quality digital images, with high levels of accuracy and speed, and low levels of manual correction/activity (i.e., results in the use of this information by government personnel with limited manual input or effort).
  2. Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to extract machine-readable data from different forms with different structures (or the same form with different structures based on different versions/years), be able to improve accuracy and speed based on previous images, and provide a search capability across different images and data sources.
  3. Interface and be compliant with IRS systems, cybersecurity requirements, hardware and software, etc. Interfaces and schemas included in potential solutions will need to be approved for use by the IRS Chief Information Officer…”

“Phases – There will be three (3) Phases for this SC, as set forth below. It is important to note that the amounts/durations set forth below are Not to Exceed (NTE) amounts/durations. Additionally, the specific efforts and amounts for subsequent phases will be defined at the end of the current phase. In other words, the proposed duration and amount for Phase 2 will be part of the deliverables due at the end of Phase 1.

Phase 1 – Proof of Concept and Prototype: Extracting Machine-Readable Data from Publicly Available IRS 990 Forms (NTE $50K / 60 days)

  • Phase 1 will consist of a demonstration of the ability of the solution to extract machinereadable data from IRS 990 Forms, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax…”

“Phase 2 – Additional Testing and Pilot/Initial Deployment (NTE $150K / 120 days)…”

“Phase 3 – Deployment (NTE $7.3M / 4.5 years)…”

“Deadlines – Proposals are due Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 08:00AM EDT. No late submissions

will be accepted or considered or evaluated. IRS expects to provide approximately $150-250K in

FY21 funding across all solutions for Phase 1 (in other words, we expect to see more than one Phase 1 award)…”

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