Treasury RFI: Innovative Application Development Methods for IRS Continuing Education Programs for Certain Tax Professionals

Solicitation: IRS-RFI-OBSA-NE-1

“The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world’s most efficient tax administrators. The mission of the Return Preparer Office (RPO) is to improve taxpayer compliance by providing comprehensive oversight of tax professionals.”

“RPO oversees registration, testing, suitability and continuing education (CE) programs for certain groups of tax professionals. It is mandatory that these tax professionals take CE courses from IRS-approved CE providers…”

“Our current contract is scheduled to expire 31 August 2021. In preparation for possibly awarding a follow-on contract, the IRS is interested in learning about innovative technologies and methods in application development related to the 16 requirements cited below.”

“The IRS is looking to procure Contractor support to continue the registration, annual renewal, and review of CE providers. The support includes developing, hosting and maintaining a system to administer CE Provider registration/renewals, course completion records and related tasks by electronic and paper means. Anticipated requirements are substantially as follows:

  1. Application must be entirely web-based and must not require any software download and installation on government or CE provider computers
  2. Application must be compliant with the provisions of the most recent edition of the IRS Publication 4812. IRS Publication 4812 is IRS’ adoption of NIST 800-53 for our contractors
  3. Allow CE providers (Providers) to register and annually renew their registration
  4. Must be PCI-compliant for secure payment of registration/renewal fees
  5. Include intuitive account management functions for Providers to input information and upload documents
  6. Allow IRStore view and approve Provider registration/renewal applications Online
  7. Allow other “back-office” functions for IRS to track, monitor, audit, analyze and report on Providers’ status, course offerings and other information available in the system
  8. Allow automated and ad-hoc communication with Providers via secure mailbox
  9. Generate appropriate review outcome letters (approval, rejection, etc.) and electronically transmit to Providers via secure mailbox
  10. Automatically generate Provider registration numbers for approved Providers
  11. Allow for a one-time receipt of historical Program data (Provider, student course completion records, etc.) from the existing system and store same in a database
  12. Receive daily Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) updates from another/existing system and store same in a database
  13. Receive from Providers uploads of course completion records by PTIN and store same in a database
  14. Send course completion records to the system referenced in #12 above
  15. Display certain information about Providers and make accessible Online to the general public
  16. Operate a call center to support Providers”

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