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Audit reveals budget cuts, new IT systems slow IRS capabilities

A Treasury Department audit of the Internal Revenue Service has revealed an agency hampered by budget cuts and struggling to update its technology to assist a growing number of taxpayers.

Tags: Treasury Department , Treasury Inspector General , tax season , budget cuts , e-filing

Monday - 04/16/2012, 06:51pm EDT

Antiquated systems slowing down IRS modernization, GAO says

David Powner, GAO's Director of Information Technology Issues, said the problem is not that IRS does not have enough funding for technology the problem is the agency is still relying on antiquated systems.

Tags: David Powner , GAO , Doug Shulman , Federal Drive , technology

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 11:02am EDT
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VIDEO: Agencies embrace mobile app explosion

The development of mobile applications or apps is expanding within the federal government. The General Services Administration showcased some of the apps coming out of agencies at last week's FOSE Conference in Washington.

Tags: Jacob Parcell , GSA , mobile apps , FOSE Conference , technology , NOAA , Mike Silvia , Beth Krappweis , Goerge Silva , Peter Cooper , Jolie Lee

Monday - 04/09/2012, 09:46am EDT

IRS chief warns of congressional inaction on taxes

IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman warned Thursday of a disastrous tax filing season next year if Congress puts off dealing with tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year or have already expired.

Tags: Douglas Shulman , Congress , budget , tax

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 04:26pm EDT

TIGTA: IRS cyber response center needs some improvements

The cybersecurity response center at the IRS is mostly working, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. However, in the report, Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George said that the Computer Security Incident Response Center isn't reporting every computer security incident as it's supposed to.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , TIGTA , Treasury ,

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 08:03pm EDT

OFPP readying round 2 of Mythbusters

Acting administrator Lesley Field said this version will focus on trying to dispel myths commonly held by industry. Agencies also posted their vendor communications plans on FedBizOpps.gov as part of the initial Mythbusters campaign.

Tags: contracting , industry , Lesley Field , OFPP , Mythbusters , Acquisition Excellence Conference , Darren Ash , NRC , Jacob Hansen , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/30/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Legislative changes needed to make bigger dent in improper payments

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the computer matching provisions in the Privacy Act make it harder for agencies to share information that would make stopping or finding waste, fraud and abuse easier. Senate lawmakers agreed they need to update the law to protect information but reduce the complexities.

Tags: management , financial management , Danny Werfel , Tom Coburn , Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , GAO , HHS , CMS , Recovery audits , improper payments , waste, fraud and abuse , SSA , Tax delinquent contractors , industry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 05:21am EDT
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IG: Missing documents plague IRS process for screening new hires

A new inspector general's report finds missing documentation plagues the Internal Revenue Service's process for pre-screening new hires that are often entrusted with sensitive financial information.

Tags: Treasury , Debra Chew , TIGTA , hiring , background checks

Monday - 03/19/2012, 03:29pm EDT
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IRS warns of tax season cyber scams

One of the newest threats involves a phishing attack. A phony email that appears to be from IRS tells recipients that they will be fined up to $10,000 for failing to file their tax return on time.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , tax season , phishing , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 04:12pm EDT

IRS offers targeted buyouts to employees in enforcement divisions

The IRS has offered another, more targeted round of buyouts. The agency, however, plans to grant buyouts and early-outs to a limited number of employees about 270 out of the 1,600 who are eligible, according to a staff email received by Federal News Radio. An IRS email said the targeted nature of the buyouts is different from previous offers and includes specific areas not covered before. The latest round of early-outs is the third set of offers in as many months.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , early retirements , buyouts , workforce , Steve Miller , Beth Tucker

Monday - 02/27/2012, 04:19pm EST
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