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Tax and Revenue office accused of conflict of interest

Employees have accused a city contractor of a conflict of interest. The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue hired the consulting firm Accenture to help oversee installation of a host of new computerized databases that would track everything from property tax assessments to correspondence with taxpayers. But part of the company’s job also appears to be evaluating how well the installation and databases actually work.

Now employees in the customer service division are complaining that the correspondence tracking program is barely usable and that every time they try to access it, their computers crash. Accenture was responsible for overseeing installation of this Siebel Systems software, but it turns out that it was loaded into office computers that didn’t have enough memory to handle it.

Herbert J. Huff, director of the Office of Tax and Revenue, said he would investigate the employees’ complaints about Accenture. -NewsBytes

InPhonic buys Simplexity for $20 million

InPhonic Inc., a D.C.-based company that sells cellular phones and services, has acquired Simplexity Inc., a Herndon, Va., company that offers a Web-based system to shop for telecommunications products and services, for $20 million in stock and cash.

For InPhonic, the deal capped a roughly $40 million, four-month acquisition binge and eliminated a major competitor.

Chief executive and founder David Steinberg said InPhonic would keep all 15 remaining Simplexity workers, including its management team, and move those working in Northern Virginia to Washington. InPhonic now employs about 270 people, including 100 added in the acquisitions. InPhonic has no more immediate acquisitions planned, Steinberg said, and it will take the company a few months to integrate the acquired assets into its structure. -NewsBytes

Icode launches Everest multilingual enterprise software

Chantilly, Va.-based Icode has launched its multicurrency, multilingual enterprise software Everest. The product, which has been under development for more than five years, is designed as a multitier, scalable business-management application for the world market.

Everest provides an enterprise-wide solution to small, medium, and large businesses in areas such as marketing and sales, shipping, purchase, inventory, warehouse management, finance, customer relationship, point-of-sale, and e-commerce. The program is built around Microsoft’s Windows DNA architecture and uses COM+, Microsoft transaction server, and the SQL Server-based back-end database. -CU Staff

DynCorp wins federal tech services contracts

DynCorp of Reston, Va., has netted a pair of federal contracts worth a combined $424 million. The company recently announced that its technical-services unit has been awarded a seven-year, $281 million contract to provide maintenance, engineering, software development, and operations testing support to the Naval Air Warfare Center at Patuxent River, Md. DynCorp has been working for the center’s aircraft division since 1978.

The technical-services unit also won a five-year, $143 million contract to provide maintenance and operation at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, including plant maintenance and operations, logistics, engineering, and design, among other services. -NewsBytes

New York company purchases Inc., an Alexandria, Va., streaming-media company, has been acquired by Ten-TV, an online communications services company based in Ardsley, N.Y. The deal marks the end of a yearlong downward spiral for Streampipe, which filed for bankruptcy protection in December after dramatically cutting its workforce throughout the year. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Ten-year-old Ten-TV will operate five-year-old Streampipe as a wholly owned company and retain most of its remaining workers, according to Ferguson and Ten-TV spokesman Rob Garrigan. The new Streampipe will search for smaller office space in northern Virginia. -NewsBytes

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