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    House panel reviewing IRS contract

    WASHINGTON — The House Oversight Committee is investigating whether a personal relationship between an Internal Revenue Service employee and the owner of a computer company produced a series of government contracts worth about $500 million.

    In a letter obtained by the Associated Press from the committee’s chairman, Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, to acting Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin, Issa writes that he recently has learned about a personal relationship between an IRS employee and Braulio Castillo, the owner of Signet Computers Inc. Signet Computers’ website lists company addresses in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

    The name of the IRS employee, who works in the agency’s procurement department, is blacked out in the letter obtained by the AP. The IRS operates within the Treasury Department.

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    Issa writes that prior to 2012, Signet Computers ‘‘does not appear to have received any federal contracts.’’ Since then, he writes, Signet has been awarded approximately $500 million worth of federal contracts, all but $180,835 of them from the IRS.

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    A spokeswoman for the IRS declined to comment. Messages to Signet were not immediately returned Wednesday.

    Associated Press