Those who think the Internal Revenue Service is everywhere aren't likely to be heartened by the expansion going on at the IRS Ogden Service Center.
The agency will be housed in seven different buildings in northern Utah when it moves Labor Day weekend into a new 47,000-square-foot annex on the grounds of its main 12th Street building, and into a warehouse in Clearfield.The Ogden center, which is expecting an all-time peak employment of 6,000 next April, already is housed in the main building, the Burton-Walker and U.S. Forest Service buildings in Ogden, Defense Depot Ogden and another Clearfield warehouse.
"I didn't realize we were so spread out . . . it's a domino effect of moves," said spokesman Doug Green.
The center also is lobbying the General Services Administration, the real estate agent for the federal government, for another 55,000-square-foot building, said Kay Heiner, management analyst supervisor in the facilities branch. The GSA is evaluating the request and should make a decision soon, he said.
The move to the new annex will be the largest at the Ogden Service Center since the organization was transferred from Defense Depot Ogden to its current building 30 years ago, Green said.
About 530 employees - 330 day and 200 swing shift workers - will move into the annex, Green said. The new occupants are from the under-reporter and special review branch, automated under-reporter staff and the national office computer services and return processing staffs, he said.
A lawsuit against the building developers by owners of pet cemetery plots behind the building will not affect the transferred workers except for fewer parking places, Green said.
The cemetery, which was scheduled to be unearthed and paved over, is under a temporary restraining order from 2nd District Court until the matter is resolved.
The GSA also is about to award a contract to renovate the IRS's DDO building to make it more compatible for computer use, Heiner said. The project should be completed by March, he said.
The two Clearfield warehouses, just west of Freeport Center, are used primarily for storing tax returns, Green said.