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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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Bieber, Beyonce or buyout: What are your odds?

Given the choice, would you choose a date with Justin Bieber, an evening with Beyonce or a $25,000 buyout? Given the odds, chances are you will never have to make a choice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But be prepared...

Tags: workforce , Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , buyouts , John Koskinen

Friday - 02/28/2014, 02:00am EST

Will IRS budget pleas be ignored in Congress?

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government that budget and staffing reductions are impacting the agency's core missions of customer service and tax collection. The agency projects it will only be able to answer 61 percent of phone calls this year, meaning some 20 million phone calls will go unanswered. Meanwhile, taxpayers attempting to reach IRS offices are facing wait times that stretch past 20 minutes.

Tags: budget , Congress , House , John Koskinen , Ander Crenshaw , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , workforce

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:18pm EST

IRS to pay employee bonuses at lower percentage rate

The Internal Revenue Service and the National Treasury Employees Union reached an agreement that will see the IRS pay frontline employees performance awards starting in the spring. Acting IRS chief Danny Werfel canceled payouts of the awards last July, even though the union said the agency was obligated to pay them.

Tags: NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Danny Werfel , pay , bonuses , Michael OConnell

Monday - 02/03/2014, 06:07pm EST

New IRS chief says budget crunch, understaffing taking its toll

John Koskinen, sworn in as IRS commissioner in late December, has been meeting with frontline employees and crunching numbers for the last several weeks. He told Congress Wednesday that every corner of the agency is underfunded, and as a direct result, the Treasury is collecting fewer dollars than it should.

Tags: Treasury , budget , Congress , workforce , management , House Ways and Means Committee , John Koskinen , Charles Boustany , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:47am EST
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Agencies eager to understand benefits of cloud credential exchange

The Postal Service will kick off its pilot to provide identity management services in the cloud in early 2014. The IRS and DHS also are pursuing complimentary initiatives to authorize and authenticate users.

Tags: technology , DHS , Donna Roy , Naomi Lefkovitz , NIST , USPS , identity management , Sharon James , AFCEA , Federal Cloud Credential Exchange , cloud computing , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/15/2013, 04:01am EST

IRS chief: No furloughs this year

The head of the Internal Revenue Service said the agency isn't planning any employee furloughs this year, even though Congress decided not to restore funding to the agency that had been lost due to the across-the-board sequestration cuts. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the budget crunch, though, would mean taxpayers will see a decline in services.

Tags: budget , John Koskinen , Jack Moore

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:00pm EST

OMB Controller Werfel leaves federal service

Danny Werfel has resigned from his position of controller of the Office of Management Budget and left the federal government. He had served as controller since October 2009.

Tags: Danny Werfel , OMB , people ,

Monday - 01/27/2014, 09:57am EST
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