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IRS technology systems dramatically underfunded, commissioner says

In the IRS, IT has made some progress of late. But much of the agency's core taxpayer data system still relies on systems that were initially engineered in the punch card and magnetic tape era, the agency's commissioner said.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 05:41am EDT
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IRS chief warns of congressional inaction on taxes

IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman warned Thursday of a disastrous tax filing season next year if Congress puts off dealing with tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year or have already expired.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 04:26pm EDT

TIGTA: IRS cyber response center needs some improvements

The cybersecurity response center at the IRS is mostly working, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. However, in the report, Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George said that the Computer Security Incident Response Center isn't reporting every computer security incident as it's supposed to.

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 08:03pm EDT

OFPP readying round 2 of Mythbusters

Acting administrator Lesley Field said this version will focus on trying to dispel myths commonly held by industry. Agencies also posted their vendor communications plans on FedBizOpps.gov as part of the initial Mythbusters campaign.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Legislative changes needed to make bigger dent in improper payments

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the computer matching provisions in the Privacy Act make it harder for agencies to share information that would make stopping or finding waste, fraud and abuse easier. Senate lawmakers agreed they need to update the law to protect information but reduce the complexities.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 05:21am EDT
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IRS customer data at risk, GAO reports

The Internal Revenue Service's systems leave taxpayer data at risk according to government auditors.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 09:03am EDT

IG: Missing documents plague IRS process for screening new hires

A new inspector general's report finds missing documentation plagues the Internal Revenue Service's process for pre-screening new hires that are often entrusted with sensitive financial information.

Monday - 03/19/2012, 03:29pm EDT
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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
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