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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 13, 2013

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) talks about his plans as the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Greg Kutz of TIGTA discusses new progress being made by the IRS in recruitment and hiring. Jennifer Martinez, staff writer at The Hill newspaper, discusses the new Executive Order on cybersecurity. Don Kettl of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy offers insight on the State of the Union speech.

Tags: Tom Carper , Congress , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Greg Kutz , TIGTA , Jennifer Martinez , The Hill , cybersecurity , Barack Obama , State of the Union , Don Kettl , University of Maryland , Federal Drive , DoD , DoD Report , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 09:01am EST

IRS program, interagency contracting finally removed from High-Risk list

A total of 30 programs, once again, are considered troubled, including two new areas. But, the Government Accountability Office removed the IRS' Business Systems Modernization program after 18 years on the list, and interagency contracting after 8 years.

Tags: management , GAO , High-Risk List , Business Systems Modernization , OFPP , GSA , Interagency contracting , NOAA , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Gene Dodaro , DoD , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 10:04am EST

Beneficiaries claim VA's processing of GI Bill benefits still lackluster

The Department of Veterans Affairs' work to automate payments under the complicated Post-9/11 GI bill is coming to fruition. But schools and students complain about inability to track status of claims.

Tags: Congress , VA , Post-9/11 GI Bill , Hayleigh Perez , Michael Dakduk , Kim Hall , Roger Baker , Robert Worley , House Veterans Affairs Committee , technology , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/15/2013, 05:41am EST

Dude, Where's my refund? IRS website overrun

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Thursday - 02/14/2013, 08:10pm EST

IRS budget woes, shrinking staff threaten to derail agency

As the Internal Revenue Service prepares to enter tax season full-bore, the agency is faced with a tightened budget, a shrinking workforce and an ever-more complex and increasing workload. That combination, along with leadership changes at the top of agency, threatens to upend the gains IRS has made over the past few years to better manage its workforce, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, an agency watchdog.

Tags: workforce , retention , TIGTA , human capital , hiring freeze , buyouts , Jack Moore

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 07:02pm EST

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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