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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 1, 2013

Sharon Roth of the Merit Systems Protection Board discusses a new survey on federal management. Lt. Cmdr. Jean Marie Sullivan of the Navy Office of Women's Policy talks about the new DoD decision to open up combat jobs to women. Greg Kutz, a senior audit executive with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Audit, talks about a new report his agency released. Keith Lucas, vice president for AFGE Council 228, discusses a new contract his union signed with the Small Business Administration.

Tags: Sharon Roth , MSPB , management , Jean Marie Sullivan , Navy , women in combat , DoD , DoD Report , Greg Kutz , hiring , TIGTA , Keith Lucas , AFGE , Small Business Administration , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/01/2013, 09:29am EST

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.

Tags: Congress , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , TIGTA , GAO , National Taxpayer Advocate , J. Russell George , Gerry Connolly , Nina Olson , Beth Tucker , James White , technology , cybersecurity , Jared Serbu

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.

Tags: workforce , DoD , Paige Hinkle Bowles , David Krieg , Interior Department , Pam Malam , succession planning , HCMF conference , Chief Human Capital Officer , Jason Miller

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.

Tags: technology , management , Terry Milholland , Business Systems Modernization , ITIL , CMMI , standards , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:25am EST
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Federal buildings after superstorm Sandy

Tags: Sandy , USPS , FTC , EPA , Washington monument , Capitol

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 02:37pm EDT

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.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , TIGTA , Jack Moore

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.

Tags: J. Russell George , TIGTA , IT workforce , technology , management , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 02:37pm EDT

Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Tags: technology , acquisition , identity management , Tom McCarty , DHS , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , Sharon James , Naomi Lefkovitz , NIST , cloud computing , information sharing , back-end attribute exchange , GSA , PortfolioStat , HSPD-12 , AFCEA Bethesda , ACT-IAC , standards based acquisition model , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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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.

Tags: people , Doug Shulman , Steven Miller , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 04:33pm 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.

Tags: whistleblower , Stephen Kohn , Bradley Birkenfeld , tax evasion , fraud, waste and abuse

Monday - 09/24/2012, 02:30pm EDT
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