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Koskinen: IRS faces tough FY 2015 with budget, workforce woes

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency is between a rock and a hard place in finding thanks to budget cuts.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 11:41am EST
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John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Today, 13,000 fewer employees work for the Internal Revenue Service than in 2010. The agency's budget is also down about 10 percent since then. John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, says his agency is facing major financial and staffing challenges. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his plans to keep the IRS running.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:37pm EST
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Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The amount of money the Homeland Security Department spends on administratively uncontrollable overtime is on the rise. The Government Accountability Office says it's up about 30 percent since 2008. But the overtime management system DHS uses is having a hard time keeping up. Dave Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the system.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:28pm EST
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Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST

Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

President Obama signed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks into law that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:39am EST

The federal workforce year in review

Debra Roth hosts a roundtable discussion of the "hot" federal workforce topics in 2014, and what will be the big issues in 2015.
December 19, 2014

Friday - 12/19/2014, 07:48pm EST
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IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST

Obama approves $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

President Barack Obama signed Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday, putting an official end to the last-minute negotiations for the fiscal year 2015 budget - at least for now.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 06:46am EST

Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

NASA's launch and re-entry of its Orion space capsule proved the vehicle might safely carry people into deep space. Someday. But when? That's the question NASA faces as it tries to meet ambitious deadlines with limited funds. A big challenge is developing the vehicle, the rocket necessary to launch it past the moon and the ground station support so they're all ready at the same time. The Government Accountability Office has been on top of this. Christina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to examine the agency's findings.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:31am EST
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Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Congress is capping the pensions of top military officials in 2015. As part of National Defense Authorization Act, pensions for generals and admirals will be trimmed to ensure they make no more in retirement than they did on active duty. That reverses a 2007 law designed to help retain officers during wartime. What effects, if any, will this have on the military's ability to retain its senior officers? Larry Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of Defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look at this measure.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:55am EST
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Senate OKs defense policy bill

Senate backs defense bill expanding military campaign against Islamic extremists

Saturday - 12/13/2014, 10:10am EST

Congress OKs Border Patrol overtime pay reform bill

The goal of S. 1691, or the 2014 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, is to address and streamline Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO), the extra pay agents receive when their work demands they remain on the job beyond scheduled hours.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:07pm EST

House approves $1.1T bill financing government

GOP House OKs $1.1T bill funding government after Obama helps round up Democratic votes

Friday - 12/12/2014, 08:34am EST

OMB holds shutdown calls 'over abundance of caution'

As a matter of "caution," the Office of Management and Budget discussed shutdown contingencies with agencies today as Congress continues to debate a bipartisan budget deal. Federal funding runs out at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 05:24pm EST

Coming at you in fiscal 2015: Highlights of the omnibus

What federal employees should know about the $1 trillion, 1,603-page spending bill for fiscal 2015.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:32pm EST

Lawmakers seal deal on $1.1T spending bill

House, Senate lawmakers seal bipartisan deal on $1.1T spending bill preventing shutdown

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:10am EST

Lawmakers agree on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Lawmakers reach deal on $1.1 trillion spending bill, may add pension provision

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 03:08am EST

Key lawmakers seek pension changes

Lawmaker discuss change to allow pension reductions at endangered multi-employer plans

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 03:10am EST

DoD awards contracts for its first large-scale financial audit

This week, the Pentagon awarded a series of contracts to outside accounting firms to begin the widest-ranging series of external financial audits in the department's history.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:25am EST

House leaders move to avoid immigration showdown

House GOP leaders move to skirt immigration showdown, complete plan to keep government open

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:16pm EST
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