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6:36 am, October 20, 2014

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IRS Commissioner pushes Congress for mass-transit decision

In a letter to leaders in the House and Senate tax commitees, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminded Congress of the importance to make a firm decision on whether to extend a mass-transit subsidy before November.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 11:36am EDT

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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Tax tips

Tom O'Rourke, partner at Miles and Stockbridge, answers your income tax questions.
September 15, 2014

Monday - 09/15/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Internal Revenue Service has a hard number of how much money each of their revenue agents brings in for every dollar invested in their pay and benefits. But that's not possible for every agency or every job description. Bob Tobias is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared what he thinks the key is to put a dollar value on the work employees do.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Greg Stanford, Federal Managers Association

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen expects his agency to have more staffing issues next year unless it can receive some financial support from Congress. During this year's tax season, almost half the people who called the IRS couldn't reach a live person. Greg Stanford, director of government affairs at the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the agency's staffing problem is due to more than just a lack of money.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:40pm EDT
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John Koskinen, Commissioner, IRS

John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, has now seen every one of the 25 largest IRS offices outside of D.C. in person. He says he took the trips to personally see every office and meet with leadership,employees and union leaders. In an exclusive interview at IRS headquarters, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his observations of employee morale. Read the related article

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:03pm EDT
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Koskinen: We're from the IRS and we're here to help

Commissioner John Koskinen came into the IRS amid a scandal in its tax-exempt division. Now he's working hard to convince Congress and the public that the agency is neutral and just wants to collect the money owed the government. But he'll need a bigger budget to do that right.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:38am EDT
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New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

HealthCare.gov: Delays in sending out millions of forms could slow consumers' tax refunds

Saturday - 08/30/2014, 01:10am EDT

John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Six different investigations into the Exempt Organizations group at the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioner John Koskinen says the end of those investigations will let him concentrate on rebuilding the perception of the agency in the eyes of Congress and citizens. That, in turn, will help boost the morale of the work force at the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Koskinen said some of the investigations will wrap up soon.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:29pm EDT
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Tester targets tax-delinquent Defense contractors

Lawmaker asks National Security Director James Clapper to take action against the tax- delinquents and inform them that their potentially harmful financial behaviors put the nation's security at risk.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:18pm EDT

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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Tax deadbeat feds flee DC

Comedian Steve Martin has some useful words of advice -- two of them, actually -- for tax deadbeats on Capitol Hill, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 06:09am EDT

DoD gave security clearances to thousands of 'federal tax cheats'

About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors, who held or were determined eligible for a security clearance, owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes as of June 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Per GAO's recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DoD are now working to include tax-compliance checks to enhance security clearance processes.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:33pm EDT

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': Cover up, train wreck or simple mistake?

What's in those missing IRS tapes? The ones critics of the agency say would provide the smoking gun of evidence. Is there a lesson for your agency in record-keeping? Yes, but maybe not what you thought.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 04:32am 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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