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IRS should get spending in order before asking for larger budget, House says

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report taking issue with IRS management on matters previously raised by the Republican leadership in Congress -- tax-delinquent federal employees, paying bonuses to agency employees and use of official time during the workday.

Tags: IRS , budget , workforce , management , House , Congress , Paul Ryan ,

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 10:04am EDT

Taxpayer advocate slams IRS service as 'officially worst' since 2001

Internal Revenue Service faced a tough day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, with a spate of new bills passed and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifying before Congress.

Tags: IRS , taxpayer advocate , Congress , Nina Olson , Tax Day , customer service , budget , tax delinquent , workforce , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:21pm EDT

IRS Commissioner questions congressional double-edged sword

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said there is a disconnect in Congress as lawmakers continue to give the bureau more responsibility yet reduce its budget. He said he has a plan for the IRS to modernize its online services despite its budget challenges.

Tags: management , budget , Congress , IRS , technology , Citizen services , Brookings Institution , Jason Miller , Rosemary Marcuss , tax

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:12am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen continues his public persuasion tour to get Congress to better fund his agency. His latest stop: The Brookings Institution. There, Koskinen talks about the growing disconnect on Capitol Hill. He says many members want to give the IRS more responsibilities while also cutting its funding. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how Koskinen is dealing with the conflicting messages from lawmakers.

Tags: Jason Miller , IRS , Brookings Institution , budget , workforce

Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:30am EDT

NTEU to Congress: You can't starve the IRS

The National Treasury Employees Union is turning up the heat on Congress to increase IRS funding. The labor union is hearing about the impact of five years of budget cuts now that tax-filing season is in full swing, said NTEU President Colleen Kelley.

Tags: NTEU , Colleen Kelley , IRS , Congress , Jason Miller , Elijah Cummings

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:09am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees across the government have been watching the IRS and the challenges it has with its workforce. Commissioner John Koskinen said this year will be the last year for a hiring freeze, as the agency has to replenish a staff that's aging in place with thousands eligible to retire. This sounds like good news for IRS employees. But is it? Federal News Radio's Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share with some of your comments.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , IRS , hiring

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:43am EDT

IRS declares enough is enough for hiring freezes

The Internal Revenue Service has frozen or severely restricted all new hiring for the past several years in response to budget cuts. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told senior agency officials to lift the freeze next year.

Tags: IRS , budget , technology , workforce , National Press Club , Congress , Hiring freeze , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:35am EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The IRS has stretched its budget enough to render furloughs unnecessary. That's according to Commissioner John Koskinen. He tells members of the House Appropriations Committee, the agency has made other tough choices, including freezing all hiring and overtime. Now he's asking Congress for a big boost next year. How'd that go over? Reporter Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , IRS , furloughs , workforce

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:17am EDT

No furloughs, but IRS faces hard road ahead

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency won't have to shut down for two days this fiscal year, as he earlier had warned employees. The IRS can make its current budget last until September because of other cuts it has made, he said.

Tags: IRS , House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Ser , budget 2016 , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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