Every year a few small businesses, some of whom come seemingly out of nowhere, stand out of the crowd by winning a larger than expected share of IT and management consulting contracts in support of the Department of Treasury’s IRS. While a bit of luck and good timing will occasionally play a role, for most of these firms, the success they achieve is the direct result of years of hard work and investment in the development of emerging technical capabilities that resonate with an agency and the addition of key contract vehicles, while developing a corporate culture that attracts senior leadership and talent.  Included here are 11 firms that OrangeSlices.ai has identified as being positioned to have great success this fiscal year, and as such will and should be viewed as partner (or competitor) options to evaluate if IRS is a target.

Chevo Consulting 

Led by CEO, Zaina Sahady, President, Paul Sahady and Susan Smoter, this woman-owned small business Management Consulting firm who can lay claim to a nearly two-decade history of partnering with the IRS in support of their IT programs have secured a Prime role on a number of Best-In-Class contracts while adding recent senior IRS IT executive expertise to their leadership team.


Building on their gaining access to a Prime spot on the $1 Billion IRS IT Enterprise Program Management Support Services BPA in 2019, led by Managing Director Preeti Bansal and Ritesh Bansal, this 8(a) HUBZone woman-owned small business that delivers IT services, agile and DevOps development, big data services, IT program management, and cyber security services continues to broaden their reach across the agency, to include in support of webMethods EAIB and Platform Engineering, as well as PMO support activities related to SecOps and Income Verification.

Octo Metric

Fresh off their picking up a Prime spot on the high-profile $180+M EBS App Dev and Sustainment Services contract in 2021, this business joint venture between Octo Consulting Group (Octo) and Metric5 Consulting (Metric5) and CIO-SP3 SB Prime will look to ride the recent wave of momentum in terms of wins across broader Department of Treasury initiatives in the new fiscal year.


Led by AI/ML Technology SME and small business CEO Senthil Ranganathan, this emerging player who can lay claim to roots in the development of AI Models, Frameworks, and technology solutions for Commercial entities as big as VISA and General Electric, as well as experience supporting Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) efforts, has benefited from the increased demand in 2021 from Federal IT leaders seeking a proven set of AI product development capabilities.

SD Solutions

This 8(a) HUBZone small business professional services company that specializes in providing Cyber Security, Strategy & Governance, and IT Modernization solutions has quietly built out a base of business with the agency, as well as a set of relevant contract vehicle options, that support a range of emerging modernization, operations, and communications and network services activities.

Intellect Solutions

Led by President, Mandeep Sarkaria and COO Dr. Sunny Singh, this rapidly growing HUBZone woman-owned small business that provides a full suite of system design, development, integration, information assurance, and program management support services, is in a good position to leverage its expertise supporting IRS and broad set of contract vehicles to expand their footprint across the agency in 2022.

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