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GAO blames 'uneven' IRS performance on budget cuts, staffing decline

Budget cuts and a steep drop in the size of the Internal Revenue Service's workforce have resulted in "uneven" performance by the agency, according to the Government Accountability Office. In the wake of reduced staff and shrinking budgets, IRS service levels decreased, the agency was forced to delay two major IT projects and spending on employee training has been slashed by more than 80 percent, according to GAO.

Tags: GAO , budget , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:48am EDT

OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Tags: CBP , OSC , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , Alan Bersin , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

Dave Powner, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, GAO

The IRS says six of its 19 information technology programs are running below cost and ahead of schedule. The agency says the others are experiencing cost overruns and schedule delays. But the IRS might not know if that's actually true. Dave Powner, director of Information Technology Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose that GAO is looking at whether or not the IRS is accurately reporting its progress or lack thereof.

Tags: Dave Powner , GAO , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:45pm EDT
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Former acting IRS chief says agency now on right track

The former acting chief of the Internal Revenue Service, who led the agency in the aftermath of the political-targeting scandal and who stepped down in December, says he believes the agency is on the right track. In an interview on on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, Danny Werfel, who recently joined the Boston Consulting Group, cited strong leadership at the agency.

Tags: management , John Koskinen , Danny Werfel , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/31/2014, 03:26pm EDT
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Marcus Owens, Caplin and Drysdale

The IRS is reorganizing its Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division.That's the office at the center of a controversy about whether it targeted conservative groups' applications. Under the new move, technical law specialists and support staff will shift to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. Marcus Owens, the former head of the Exempt Organizations Division, now with the law firm Caplin and Drysdale, spoke to Federal Drive about how fundamental a change the move is.

Tags: Federal Drive , reorganization , caplin and drysdale , Marcus Owens

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 10:05am EDT
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Werfel, Blackman land in the private sector

Horace Blackman, a long-time Veterans Affairs IT executive, also leaves for the private sector, joining Lockheed Martin.

Tags: people , Danny Werfel , OMB , Boston Consulting Group , Horace Blackman , VA , Lockheed Martin , Jason Miller

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

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: budget , workforce , John Koskinen , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jack Moore

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

Debra Roth, partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth

The strange case of Lois Lerner - a federal official pleading the fifth - and the IRS.

Tags: Legal Loop , Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , tax exempt status applications , plead the fifth , Lois Lerner , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 09:44am EDT
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Estate planning and powers of attorney

Thomas J. O'Rourke, an attorney from Miles and Stockbridget, P.C., answer your calls and emails about estate planning, and changes in the laws governing powers of attorney.
March 10, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , estate planning , powers of attorney , Thomas J. ORourke , Miles and Stockbridge PC , federal pension , Bob Leins , For Your Benefit

Monday - 03/10/2014, 09:34pm EDT
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