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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

GSA opens public portal to governmentwide social media registry

The General Services Administration wants to collect all government social media accounts in one single database so the public can trust they are engaging with an official government site. GSA hopes the registry will also provide a better picture of how federal agencies are using social media.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 06:07pm EDT

Bare Flesh: TMI At Work

What has the recession, the pay freeze and this summer's heat done to the dress code in your office? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Are you seeing more of your co-workers and enjoying it less?

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 02:00am EDT

IRS discouraged fraud detection in ID program

The Internal Revenue Service has been looking the other way instead of rooting out fraud when people apply for taxpayer identification numbers, Treasury Department investigators said Wednesday, exposing a shortfall with both financial and national security implications.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 06:58pm EDT

IRS missing billions in ID theft

The Internal Revenue Service may have delivered more than $5 billion in refund checks to identity thieves who filed fraudulent tax returns for 2011, Treasury Department investigators said Thursday. They estimate another $21 billion could make its way to ID thieves' pockets over the next five years.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 03:38pm EDT

Gov't report: Tax cheats getting paid by Medicaid

Thousands of Medicaid health care service providers still got paid by the government even though they owed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes, congressional investigators say. A legal technicality is making it harder for the IRS to collect.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 12:23pm EDT

Federal agencies owe the IRS at least $28M in fees

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration evaluated six random reimbursable agreements IRS made with agencies and found a lot of money went uncollected.

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 05:35am EDT

IRS employee saved millions targeting tax fraudsters

IRS employee Shauna Henline has helped saved millions in taxpayer dollars by penalizing people who make fraudulent claims.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 09:57am EDT
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Have you lost it yet?

Today's guest column is from Tony, an IRS employee in San Diego. He says he's loved his time with Uncle Sam, but because Congress is on the warpath against feds he can't wait to retire ... Sound familiar?

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 02:00am EDT

House committee remains mum on federal pay raises

The Financial Services and General Government spending bill seeks to cut $2 billion from the president's request. The bill says nothing about granting feds a pay raise in 2013. The House committee follows the lead of Senate appropriators, which also remained silent on the issue.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 05:43am EDT
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DRC awarded $10 million in contracts with IRS

Dynamics Research Corporation has been awarded $10.2 million in contracts with the Internal Revenue Service. DRC will provide independent verification and validation services for the Credit Card Processor's systems and will be responsible for the system readiness and accuracy of the credit card program.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 06:15pm EDT
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