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8:54 am, April 19, 2015

Budget News

Taxpayer advocate slams IRS service as 'officially worst' since 2001

Internal Revenue Service faced a tough day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with a spate of new bills passed and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifying before Congress.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:21pm EDT

DHS defends FY 2016 cyber budget before Senate subcommittee

The total request for cyber programs at DHS adds up to $1.4 billion. That's just part of the total White House budget request for cyber, which is up 11 percent for FY 2016, or $13.9 billion.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:05pm EDT

Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The Senate votes 54-43 today to start budget negotiations with the House of Representatives to work out a compromise on a budget resolution. But the Appropriations committees and the committees of jurisdiction over the agencies still have a lot of work to do. A lot of that work will revolve around the defense budget. Bob Hale is former Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller, and now a Fellow at Booz Allen. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a caution about jumping to conclusions about the budget.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:05pm EDT
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For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

FY2016 budget: put up or shut up time for Congress

The next two weeks may reveal the Republican Congress' real ability to govern, for better or worse.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:30am EDT

David Hawkings, senior editor, CQ Roll Call

The House of Representatives is gearing up to tackle the first two of 12 appropriations bills for 2016. The plan right now is to bring them to the floor at the end of April. David Hawkings is senior editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted how the chamber might try to avoid a last-minute scramble and another cromnibus bill.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 05:13pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The House and Senate budget plans for fiscal 2016 could transform the federal workforce. The House plan would save $281 billion over ten years through staffing cuts and benefits reform. The Senate plan would save $170 billion in similar ways. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his predictions for some potential consequences of the budget plans at your agency.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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IRS Commissioner questions congressional double-edged sword

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said there is a disconnect in Congress as lawmakers continue to give the bureau more responsibility yet reduce its budget. He said he has a plan for the IRS to modernize its online services despite its budget challenges.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:12am EDT

Millennials in the federal workforce

Susan Fallon, vice president for Global Strategy and Business Development at Monster Government Solutions will explain why federal agencies should be hiring more millennial workers, and Andy Medici with the Federal Times will bring us up to date on the House and Senate budgets.
April 8, 2015

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:27pm EDT

Tom Collina, Director of Policy, Ploughshares Fund

Members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees can't decide if the defense budget should be above or below sequestration caps. So both the House and Senate's plans keep DoD's budget within the caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act and increase funds for overseas contingency operations. Tom Collina is director of policy for the Ploughshares Fund and former research director of the non-partisan Arms Control Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the OCO budget plans are just a political compromise and don't address the real issues confronting defense spending reform.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:28pm EDT
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Don't let your agency strike out at its budget hearing

Doug Criscitello, former chief financial officer at Housing and Urban Development, offers advice for federal managers to navigate the complex and sometimes messy budget process.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 11:16am EDT
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Doug Criscitello, Executive Director, Center for Finance & Policy, MIT

The federal budget development process for 2016 is looking a lot like the last decade's worth of budget work: Messy and potentially demanding on federal managers. Doug Criscitello was the chief financial officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Now he's executive director of MIT's Center for Finance and Policy. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with advice on coping with the process.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT
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NTEU to Congress: You can't starve the IRS

The National Treasury Employees Union is turning up the heat on Congress to increase IRS funding. The labor union is hearing about the impact of five years of budget cuts now that tax-filing season is in full swing, said NTEU President Colleen Kelley.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:09am EDT
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NIH may be spared from sequestration, Cardin says

The Maryland Democrat fielded questions from National Institutes of Health employees at a town-hall meeting at the agency's Bethesda headquarters.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:09pm EDT
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IRS declares enough is enough for hiring freezes

The Internal Revenue Service has frozen or severely restricted all new hiring for the past several years in response to budget cuts. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told senior agency officials to lift the freeze next year.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:35am EDT
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Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

She manages Housing and Urban Development's day-to-day operations, including a $45 billion annual budget and approximately 8,500 employees. As Women's History Month comes to a close, she's been sharing her experiences to help other women build successful careers in government. Nani Coloretti is the Deputy Secretary at HUD. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she recounted growing up under the mild skies in Hawaii.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:45am EDT
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Discussion of TSP issues by the people who know

The Federal Thrift Retirement Investment Board's Greg Long and Kim Weaver join hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to discuss the TSP and plans to use a loan from the G Fund to help fund the federal deficit.
March 30, 2015

Monday - 03/30/2015, 09:12pm EDT
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GOP-controlled Senate ok's budget plan

The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:40am EDT

Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval

Senate pushes toward approval of conservative budget to erase red ink, cut trillions

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:16am EDT
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