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How the spending bill affects the federal workforce

After a month of negotiations, the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill this week funding the government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. From federal pay and benefits to a further decline in the Internal Revenue Service's budget, read about three key takeaways of the bill.

Tags: USPS , appropriations , Congress , budget , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 01/14/2014, 02:43pm EST

Report: Budget, training cuts put IRS 'at risk'

In an annual report to Congress, the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, wrote that the IRS faces "unstable and chronic underfunding that puts at risk the IRS's ability to meet its current responsibilities, much less articulate and achieve the necessary transformation to an effective, modern tax agency."

Tags: budget , Nina Olson , National Taxpayer Advocate , TIGTA , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , John Koskinen , Jack Moore

Friday - 01/10/2014, 04:40pm EST

Reduced conference spending could save government $500M each year

Increased oversight and tighter controls have led to a nearly 90 percent drop in conference spending since 2010 at four agencies. The reductions could amount to $500 million in annual savings across the government.

Tags: oversight , conference spending , government waste , John Mica , GSA , VA , DoD , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 10:47am EST

IRS Chief of Staff Todd Grams retiring

Todd Grams, the chief of staff of the Internal Revenue Service, announced Friday he's retiring after 34 years of federal service, according to a note to staff obtained by Federal News Radio. Grams was named IRS chief of staff in June at the request of Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel in the wake of a leadership shakeup following revelations the agency had improperly targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

Tags: people , John Koskinen , Todd Grams , Danny Werfel , Jack Moore

Friday - 12/20/2013, 04:35pm EST

IRS vendors owe $589 million in back taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general's report says.

Tags: TIGTA , contracting , back taxes , management , oversight

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 08:00pm EST

IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for budget increase

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's pick to lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore public trust in the agency following the recent uproar over revelations of purported political bias by IRS employees. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Koskinen also said he'd work to turn around the declining employee morale.

Tags: Senate , Senate Finance Committee , Max Baucus , Orrin Hatch , John Koskinen , IRS scandal , employee morale , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 02:02pm EST

DHS CFO Sherry heading to the IRS

Peggy Sherry will become the deputy commissioner for operations support at the IRS as of Nov. 4. She is the fourth executive to come to the IRS since the service's scandal broke earlier this summer.

Tags: Peggy Sherry , people , management , DHS , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 12:30pm EDT
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