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HP lands $35m contract with IRS

The US Internal Revenue Service has signed a contract with a Hewlett-Packard reseller to purchase more than $35m (£29m) worth of...

The US Internal Revenue Service has signed a contract with a Hewlett-Packard reseller to purchase more than $35m (£29m) worth of new HP desktop and notebook PCs for its employees.

HP said it would supply the IRS with more than 12,300 Compaq Evo desktop PCs and monitors and more than 11,000 Compaq Evo N800 notebooks through an IRS contract with HP reseller PlanetGov.

Pat Gallagher, director of business development at HP, said that Dell Computer, one of its competitors, had previously supplied equipment to the IRS, but the agency realised HP could provide the agency with higher-quality products at a lower cost.

Gallagher said the IRS had been a longtime customer of Compaq before switching to Dell. For HP, the contract represents a competitive "win-back".

Gallagher said the HP equipment would help the IRS become more efficient.

"This gives us the ability to work with the IRS to meet all its needs with products from handhelds to high-end clustered systems," Gallagher said. "The IRS can now meet its needs with one vendor."

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