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10:22 am, September 16, 2014

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House spending bill calls for deep cuts to IRS budget

The House has approved a massive spending bill that would slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service by more than $1 billion next year. The agency, which has been under fire for the improper targeting of conservative groups, would see its current $11.3 billion budget decline by 13 percent under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for fiscal 2015 passed by the House Wednesday. But that's just one of the the provisions of the bill drawing the ire of the Obama administration, which issued a notice earlier this week threatening to veto the legislation.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:43pm EDT

IRS awards $68 million contract for database services

InSysCo received a multi-year contract to help the tax agency move to a data-centric organization.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 03:28pm EDT

Agency blunders put spotlight on risk management

A series of management blunders and agency misbehavior in recent years ranging from the General Services Administration to the Veterans Affairs Department, haven't only put agency leaders in the hot seat and sometimes out of work. They've also highlighted the importance of better risk-management planning by agencies, current and former federal officials told Federal News Radio as part of a special discussion on risk management.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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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

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Internal Revenue Service is facing another big budget cut if the total the House of Representatives approved turns out to be the total the agency gets. The House voted for a bill to bring the IRS' 2015 spending limit to below sequestration levels. That's a cut of more than $300 million. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She explained on In Depth with Francis Rose how the IRS' potential 2015 budget would affect its employees and other agencies.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:08pm EDT
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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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Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

IRS 'took reasonable steps' to implement sequestration cuts

From hiring freezes and furlough days, to cuts to travel and equipment upgrades, the IRS generally 'took reasonable steps' to plan for sequestration, according to a new audit.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 10:53am EDT

Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The IRS keeps revealing more instances of lost emails of employees in its tax exempt division. This week's revelation from the House Ways and Means Committee follows Friday's disclosure that a computer crash eliminated thousands of emails from former division chief Lois Lerner. Investigators now say another six division employees had their computers crash. Two Republican lawmakers call on the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Commissioner John Koskinen faces skeptical members of Congress today. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the records management side of this issue.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:22am 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

Expert says budget, employee reductions force agencies to rethink mission goals

With an employment drop over the past year, agencies must adopt a "less with less" mentality, according Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He says executives must be honest with Congress about their limited capabilities.

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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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

IRS to use more data to prepare for long-term budget uncertainty

The Government Accountability Office recommended the IRS develop long-term strategies and use ROI data comparisons to better operate with a less-than-ideal budget.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 03:45pm EDT

Good IRS customer service now a taxpayer right

The newly adopted "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" will help IRS employees provide better service to taxpayers and sends a "message to Congress."

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 04:14pm 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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IRS: 318,000 fed workers owe $3.3B in back taxes

From workers in Congress and at the White House to active duty troops, more than 318,000 federal employees and retirees owe just over $3.3 billion in back taxes, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 08:01pm EDT

Counterfeit feds

Should you even be doing your job? Is it possible that a private sector firm could do what your agency does at less cost to the taxpayers? It's been tried before, namely in the IRS, with very, very mixed results.

Monday - 05/12/2014, 05:18am EDT

IRS tax dead beats ... maybe not so much!

Last week the headlines screamed, "IRS TAX DEADBEATS GETTING CASH AWARDS." What a story! What's not to like? Except maybe there is another side to the story, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 02:00am EDT

Jay McTigue, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Absorbing $900 million in budget cuts has created some problems for the IRS, including major staffing reductions and uneven performance. The Government Accountability Office says the agency's budget request of $12.5 billion for fiscal year 2015 is a step in the right direction. Jay McTigue, director of strategic issues for the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose $12.5 billion won't fix what ails the IRS.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:49pm EDT
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