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10:27 pm, September 17, 2014

Treasury Department News

IRS' approach to big data focuses on business outcomes

The office of compliance analytics at the IRS uses information, tools and analysis to help mission offices solve problems. Dean Silverman, a senior adviser to the IRS commissioner, said his office is trying to use these tools and approaches to improve the agency's outcomes and to create a data-driven decision-making culture.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:16am EDT
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Greg Kutz, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

By not following agency protocols, the IRS put more than a million taxpayers at risk for fraud and identity theft. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration discovered security lapses during a routine compliance check. It found contractors didn't have the required background investigations before handling Sensitive But Unclassified Information. Assistant Inspector General, Greg Kutz, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the audit and how he thinks IRS should fix the situation.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
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Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director, Alliant Group

The IRS may encourage more people to blow the whistle on tax cheats under new rules that went into effect this week. A good tipster could receive up to 30 percent of the taxes and penalties the agency collects. Dean Zerbe, a partner at the law firm of ZFF & J, represents whistleblowers. As a Senate staffer in 2006, he wrote the whistleblower law for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Zerbe joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how he thinks the new guidance will impact whistleblowers.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:35am EDT
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Denying your federal DNA

With all the bad press the government, and government workers are getting nowadays, do you ever tell people you do something else---like maybe you are a travel agent or undertaker---for a living? If not, you may want to reconsider why not.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 05:54am EDT

Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Lawmakers respond to IRS email scandal with new regulations

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Federal Records Accountability Act, which mandates preservation of digital correspondence. The committee also passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, which would establish a presidential committee to find and review outdated, burdensome, costly or obsolete regulations.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:39pm EDT

IRS scandal teaches agencies to archive

Agencies should be archiving all business communication to avoid mayhem such as at the IRS. While the agency shifts blame from e-mail to instant messenger, Nancy Flynn, founder of ePolicy, told Federal News Radio that agencies need to better manage the many communication options.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 01:07pm EDT

Nancy Flynn, Founder, ePolicy Institute

More than a few eyebrows were raised last month when members of Congress learned that IRS officials may have sent instant messages instead of emails. They allegedly made the switch after learning that the messages would not be preserved as federal records. The agency may not have preserved the messages, but that doesn't mean they're not federal records. Nancy Flynn is the founder of the ePolicy Institute. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to give advice on preserving instant messaging.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:01am EDT
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IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.

Sunday - 07/20/2014, 03:26pm EDT

Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

GOP criticizes Justice Department handling of IRS investigation; probe includes missing emails

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 05:17pm EDT

OMB, OSTP to release new tools to reach big open data goals

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy are on track to launch a new metadata validator tool this month. They are also developing an integrated dashboard that will track agency progress on the administration's open data goals.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 01:31pm EDT

Shared service providers preparing for more, bigger agencies

The Obama administration looks to expand shared service usage even more by improving existing financial shared service providers and laying the groundwork for shared service governance.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 01:14pm EDT

Archivist: IRS didn't follow law with lost emails

Top US archivist: IRS didn't follow law, report loss of agency executive's emails in 2011

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 10:54am EDT

House bill raises tension with IRS, lowers funding

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut more than $300 million from last year's Internal Revenue Service budget. This adds to the tension between Congress and the IRS over lost emails.

Monday - 06/23/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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Lawmakers: IRS lost more emails in tea party probe

On Tuesday, two key lawmakers said the IRS has also lost emails from six additional IRS workers whose computers crashed. Among them was Nikole Flax, who was chief of staff to Lerner's boss, then-deputy commissioner Steven Miller.

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:04am EDT

White House: IRS made good-faith effort on e-mails

Facing a furor from angry Republican lawmakers, the White House said Monday that the Internal Revenue Service engaged in a good faith effort to find lost emails from an IRS official whose division processed applications for tax-exempt status by politically oriented groups.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 06:08pm EDT

Lawmakers fume over lost emails in IRS probe

The IRS said Lois Lerner's computer crashed in 2011, wiping out an untold number of emails that were being sought by congressional investigators. The investigators want to see all of Lerner's emails from 2009 to 2013 as part of their probe into the way agents handled applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups.

Saturday - 06/14/2014, 03:20pm EDT

Denise Hintzke, Deloitte's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Initiative

The IRS will have a new tool to help it collect taxes from Americans with overseas bank accounts. Treasury officials say 77,000 foreign banks and other financial institutions have agreed to share account information. The overseas banks will start sending information in 2015. Denise Hintzke is the global tax leader of Deloitte's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Initiative. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how this is going to work.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 10:42am EDT
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Treasury's Gregg to retire after 41 years in federal financial management

Richard Gregg, the Fiscal Assistant Secretary, will step down in June. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew tapped Dave Lebryk, currently the commissioner of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, to replace him.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 11:11am EDT

Treasury CIO East to retire in June

Robyn East confirms she will leave after three years on the job.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:54pm EDT
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