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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

An early House version appropriations language for 2015 would bring the IRS budget below sequestration levels in fiscal 2015. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved funding levels that are more than $300 million below what the agency has to spend this year. IRS officials have been adamant that even that level is far too low. The bill comes right after warnings from the Government Accountability Office for the IRS to make some long term budget plans to better deal with an uncertain financial future. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, is looking at what the cuts would mean for agency operations and the workforce. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose these cuts go too far. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Stephanie Wasko.

Tags: NTEU , GAO , House , In Depth

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:39pm EDT
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House bill raises tension with IRS, lowers funding

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut more than $300 million from last year's Internal Revenue Service budget. This adds to the tension between Congress and the IRS over lost emails.

Tags: IRS , workforce , budget , Congress , House of Representatives , John Koskinen , Lois Lerner , National Treasury Employees Union , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 06/23/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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IRS to use more data to prepare for long-term budget uncertainty

The Government Accountability Office recommended the IRS develop long-term strategies and use ROI data comparisons to better operate with a less-than-ideal budget.

Tags: IRS , budget , management , GAO , sequestration , NTEU , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 06/13/2014, 03:45pm EDT

CFPB, union go back to the drawing board on performance ratings

Following complaints of widespread discrimination, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is overhauling its system for evaluating employee performance. The financial watchdog's performance-appraisal system resulted in "systematically lower ratings" for black and Hispanic employees, employees over the age of 40, employees located in field offices and those employed at lower pay scales, according to report on the performance-appraisal system published by the agency earlier this month.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , workforce , CFPB , NTEU , performance ratings

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

Following complaints of discrimination, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is giving some employees retroactive pay. And it's overhauling the way it evaluates employees. To make an analogy, it's dropping letter grades and going to pass-fail system . The National Treasury Employees Union negotiated the changes on behalf of agency employees. Union President Colleen Kelley joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss some of the complaints they were hearing from employees.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:26pm EDT
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Senators propose 3.3 percent federal pay hike to start in 2015

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act Friday, calling for a 3.3 percent pay increase for federal employees for calendar year 2015. Federal employee union leaders praised the proposal, which would raise feds' pay more than the 1 percent President Barack Obama introduced in his 2015 budget proposal. The bill is similar to one introduced in March by House Democrats.

Tags: Ben Cardin , Brian Schatz , FAIR Act , Senate , pay increase , pay , pay & benefits , budget , J. David Cox Sr. , Joseph Beaudoin , NTEU , AFGE , NARFE , Federal Postal Coalition , Bruce Moyer

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:07pm EDT

4 viewpoints on trust in government

Trust is fickle and just a few small events can cause that trust to break. As part of Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, we asked federal employee groups and union leaders about how they define trust between employees and the government now and what this trust will look like in the future.

Tags: Trust Redefined , Mark Dimondstein , Virginia Hill , Janet Kopenhaver , workforce , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:08am EDT

Hearing weighs causes of, solutions to low morale in federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, hosted a hearing Tuesday to discuss the low morale of federal employees and explore possible solutions for agencies seeking to improve it.

Tags: Jon Tester , Senate , Katherine Archuleta , J. David Cox , OPM , Best Places to Work , AFGE , NTEU , Jeri L. Buchholz , NASA , Carol Waller Pope , FLRA , employee satisfaction , Employee Viewpoint Survey , workforce , sequestration , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

House Democrats have a bill proposing a 3.3 percent pay raise for federal employees in fiscal 2015. It's more than three times higher than what the White House calls for in its fiscal 2015 budget request. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, offers her take to In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: NTEU , pay , pay raise , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:44pm EDT
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Under sequestration, IRS workforce declined by 6K

Under the squeeze of sequestration, the size of the Internal Revenue Service's workforce contracted by nearly 6,000 employees by the end of last year, according to new IRS data. At the end of fiscal 2013, the IRS workforce stood at 83,613 employees -- the fewest number in more than decade. That's also 5,938 fewer employees than the agency had on board at the end of fiscal 2012.

Tags: IRS , budget , workforce , John Koskinen , NTEU , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/24/2014, 12:57pm EDT
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