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SSA, IRS take different paths on sequestration furloughs

The Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration two of the largest federal agencies with very public missions are taking divergent paths when it comes to dealing with the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. IRS says it is planning for five to seven furloughs days, while SSA says it hopes to forego furloughs through alternative savings.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 06:25pm EST

Before furloughs, agencies must negotiate terms with unions

Customs and Border Protection became one of the first civilian agencies to notify the union that represents their employees that they want to begin discussing the implementation of furloughs under sequestration. NTEU and AFGE expect to hear from more agencies in the next two weeks if cuts from sequestration go into effect March 1.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 06:36am EST
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Pelberg creates supportive environment to help IRS staff succeed

Top Leaders in Federal Service award winner Marcia Pelberg considers herself a "servant leader" rather than a general. She's been praised for creating an environment at the Internal Revenue Service that helps staff members to achieve success.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:45am EST
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Parker leads IRS Chief Counsel's legal processing staff to success

As director of the Legal Processing Division of the Internal Revenue Service's Chief Counsel office, Michael Parker led his office through high water and low on the road to success. He's leadership skills have earned him the distinction as one of Federal News Radio's Top Leaders in Federal Service.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:20am EST

Committee examining $500 million in IRS contracts

House committee investigating $500 million in contracts between IRS, computer company

Thursday - 02/21/2013, 07:30am EST

Dude, Where's my refund? IRS website overrun

IRS website overwhelmed by people checking status of tax refunds; agency pleads for restraint

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 08:10pm EST

IRS program, interagency contracting finally removed from High-Risk list

A total of 30 programs, once again, are considered troubled, including two new areas. But, the Government Accountability Office removed the IRS' Business Systems Modernization program after 18 years on the list, and interagency contracting after 8 years.

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 10:04am EST

Coming Up: Tax talk with Ed Zurndorfer

Ed Zurndorfer, owner of EZ Accounting and Financial Services, will answer your tax questions.
February 11, 2013

Monday - 02/11/2013, 07:09pm EST

IRS budget woes, shrinking staff threaten to derail agency

As the Internal Revenue Service prepares to enter tax season full-bore, the agency is faced with a tightened budget, a shrinking workforce and an ever-more complex and increasing workload. That combination, along with leadership changes at the top of agency, threatens to upend the gains IRS has made over the past few years to better manage its workforce, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, an agency watchdog.

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 07:02pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 1, 2013

Sharon Roth of the Merit Systems Protection Board discusses a new survey on federal management. Lt. Cmdr. Jean Marie Sullivan of the Navy Office of Women's Policy talks about the new DoD decision to open up combat jobs to women. Greg Kutz, a senior audit executive with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Audit, talks about a new report his agency released. Keith Lucas, vice president for AFGE Council 228, discusses a new contract his union signed with the Small Business Administration.

Friday - 02/01/2013, 09:29am EST

IRS struggling to tackle massive surge in identity theft

Faced with declining resources, the Internal Revenue Service has diverted resources from elsewhere inside the agency to try and head off skyrocketing cases of identity theft stemming from tax refunds.

Friday - 11/30/2012, 06:16pm EST
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Agencies making inroads with workforce, succession planning

IRS, DoD and Interior all are pursuing an assortment of initiatives to prepare for personnel reductions. DoD will release an updated workforce strategic plan by 2015. The IRS is using an online assessment tool to measure how ready employees are to move into leadership positions. Interior is getting managers to understand their important role in workforce planning.

Friday - 11/30/2012, 05:44am EST
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IRS reaches 'world class' stature for technology, management processes

The tax agency earned level 3 certifications for the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Terry Milholland, the IRS CTO, said the standard approach to developing IT systems will increase productivity and capacity, while also bringing in much needed discipline.

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:25am EST
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Delayed software updates leave IRS computers prone to hackers, auditors say

Thousands of IRS computers could be prone to cyber intruders because officials aren't updating software in a timely manner, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 08:10pm EDT

IRS urged to create IT skills inventory

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recommends IRS' chief technology officer create an "inventory list" with the skills needed for each IT position, as well as a process for evaluating an IT employee's skills.

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 02:37pm EDT

IRS Commissioner Shulman stepping down next month

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman will leave the agency when his term ends next month, the IRS announced Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Steven Miller, will serve as acting commissioner after Schulman departs. Shulman's last day will Nov. 9.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 04:33pm EDT

Federal agencies owe $14 million in unpaid taxes

The $14 million owed to the U.S. treasury comes from money withheld from federal employees' paychecks that was never turned over to the IRS, according to a new audit from the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration. The audit also reviewed whether the IRS made recommended changes following a similar audit five years ago.

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 02:02pm EDT

With $104M whistleblower payout, IRS hoping money talks

Providing awards to whistleblowers is key to bringing would-be informants forward. And a record $104 million after taxes payout to former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld serves as a billboard to whistleblowers that the IRS is willing to pay out for information that helps catch tax cheaters.

Monday - 09/24/2012, 02:30pm EDT
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6-month spending bill clears Senate hurdle

A spending bill required to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month has cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:06pm EDT

IRS pays whistleblower $104 million

First, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million _ yes, million _ for helping expose the widespread tax evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 05:55pm EDT
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