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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

Agencies could take drastic steps to rehab reputation

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive Magazine, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how efforts to rebrand federal agencies could put them in better graces with the public.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Tom Shoop , management , GovExec

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 06:20pm EST
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2013 budget ups IRS funding, allows for staff increases

Colleen Kelley, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents some 84,000 IRS employees, told In Depth with Francis Rose the 2013 budget request would allow IRS staff levels to increase by about 4,000 positions.

Tags: workforce , hiring , retention , Treasury , Colleen Kelley , budget , 2013 budget , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 09:00pm EST
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GAO: Program for comparing tax information needs better budget practices

Mike Brostek, the director of tax issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the watchdog agency's recommendations for the IRS program that compares sources of tax information.

Tags: GAO , budget , Mike Brostek , In Depth , Francis Rose

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 06:01pm EST
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Thousands of federal workers owe back taxes

A government report finds that tens of thousands of federal employees from staffers in Congress to federal agencies and even Obama's executive office collectively owe the government billions in back taxes.

Tags: Congress , Senate , House , taxes

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 07:54pm EST

Report: Citizen satisfaction with federal services slightly up in 2011

Satisfaction went up 2.3 percent in 2011, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index released today by Foresee. The bump comes after a decrease of 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2010.

Tags: Forrest Morgesson , ForeSee , ASCI , management , customer service , TSA , DHS , Treasury , DoD , State , Federal Drive

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 08:47am EST
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Mileage reimbursement rates for personal vehicles remains unchanged

Federal employees who use their own vehicles for official business will see no change in their reimbursement rates this year, according to a bulletin from the General Services Administration.

Tags: GSA , travel , per diem rates , mileage reimbursement

Monday - 01/16/2012, 03:26pm EST

IRS buyouts — lightning strikes twice

The Internal Revenue Service has decided to offer a limited number of buyouts to many of the same employees who were asked if they would take $25,000 to retire last year. Other agencies are also making plans for limited, quick-decision buyouts.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce , buyouts , early retirements ,

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 02:03pm EST

Report: Shortchanging IRS budget hurts taxpayers

Congress is damaging the Internal Revenue Service by shortchanging its budget, making it harder for the agency to help taxpayers, detect fraud and bolster revenue collection even as budget deficits surge, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

Tags: budget , Charles Boustany , Congress

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 08:43am EST
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