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IRS warns of tax season cyber scams

One of the newest threats involves a phishing attack. A phony email that appears to be from IRS tells recipients that they will be fined up to $10,000 for failing to file their tax return on time.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 04:12pm EDT

Are you in the Buyout Zone?

The IRS is the latest agency to join the 2012 buyout parade. Employees in other agencies should study it because it may be the model for similar buyouts governmentwide, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 02/28/2012, 02:00am EST

IRS offers targeted buyouts to employees in enforcement divisions

The IRS has offered another, more targeted round of buyouts. The agency, however, plans to grant buyouts and early-outs to a limited number of employees about 270 out of the 1,600 who are eligible, according to a staff email received by Federal News Radio. An IRS email said the targeted nature of the buyouts is different from previous offers and includes specific areas not covered before. The latest round of early-outs is the third set of offers in as many months.

Monday - 02/27/2012, 04:19pm EST

Agencies could take drastic steps to rehab reputation

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive Magazine, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how efforts to rebrand federal agencies could put them in better graces with the public.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 06:20pm EST
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2013 budget ups IRS funding, allows for staff increases

Colleen Kelley, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents some 84,000 IRS employees, told In Depth with Francis Rose the 2013 budget request would allow IRS staff levels to increase by about 4,000 positions.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 09:00pm EST
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GAO: Program for comparing tax information needs better budget practices

Mike Brostek, the director of tax issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the watchdog agency's recommendations for the IRS program that compares sources of tax information.

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 06:01pm EST
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Thousands of federal workers owe back taxes

A government report finds that tens of thousands of federal employees from staffers in Congress to federal agencies and even Obama's executive office collectively owe the government billions in back taxes.

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 07:54pm EST

Report: Citizen satisfaction with federal services slightly up in 2011

Satisfaction went up 2.3 percent in 2011, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index released today by Foresee. The bump comes after a decrease of 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2010.

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 08:47am EST
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Mileage reimbursement rates for personal vehicles remains unchanged

Federal employees who use their own vehicles for official business will see no change in their reimbursement rates this year, according to a bulletin from the General Services Administration.

Monday - 01/16/2012, 03:26pm EST

Still time for feds to contribute to Roth IRA for tax benefit

Ed Zurndorfer, a registered employee benefit consultant, joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin with tips on how to do it.

Friday - 01/13/2012, 12:41pm EST
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IRS buyouts — lightning strikes twice

The Internal Revenue Service has decided to offer a limited number of buyouts to many of the same employees who were asked if they would take $25,000 to retire last year. Other agencies are also making plans for limited, quick-decision buyouts.

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 02:03pm EST

Report: Shortchanging IRS budget hurts taxpayers

Congress is damaging the Internal Revenue Service by shortchanging its budget, making it harder for the agency to help taxpayers, detect fraud and bolster revenue collection even as budget deficits surge, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 08:43am EST

IRS audit knocks 14 percent off of $450 billion owed in upaid taxes

Following IRS audits and other enforcement efforts, non-compliance in 2006 shrank to 14 percent, which left the final amount of unpaid taxes at $385 billion.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 06:13pm EST

Avoid end-of-year tax traps

Registered employee benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer has tips on charitable giving and capital assets to save money on your 2011 taxes.

Friday - 12/30/2011, 11:26am EST
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It's not too late to save money on your 2011 taxes

Registered benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer offers up some last minute tax tips for 2011.

Friday - 12/16/2011, 11:32am EST
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GAO pushes for more oversight of interagency programs

The Government Accountability Office thinks Congress can play a greater role in improving federal agencies' coordination and performance. In a recent report, GAO recommended Congress use new powers under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 in its oversight, authorization and appropriations roles. The law emphasizes program achievements over processes.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 09:10pm EST
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NASA, IRS hit in international cyber hijacking

NASA and the Internal Revenue Service were among the victims of a crew of Internet bandits who devised an international scheme to hijack more than 4 million computers to generate at least $14 million in fraudulent advertising revenue, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 07:55pm EST

OMB wants 'single door' for vendors at each agency

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to create vendor management organizations to centralize how contractors work with departments. So far, four agencies are piloting the vendor management organizations. VanRoekel, who also wants agencies to use investment review boards more for strategic goals, said the use of both tools "very much align with our priorities to do more with less."

Monday - 11/07/2011, 05:37am EST
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IRS to offer buyouts, early retirements

IRS will offer buyouts to employees who do not deal directly with taxpayer services. It's possible that a second round of buyouts will be offered to a wider range of employees.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 03:14pm EDT
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Repeal of contractor tax withholding is sign of economic times

Scott Amey, general counsel and contracting specialist at the Project for Government Oversight, says the mood in Washington is much different from five years ago when the law was first passed.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 07:06pm EDT
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