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House bill raises tension with IRS, lowers funding

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut more than $300 million from last year's Internal Revenue Service budget. This adds to the tension between Congress and the IRS over lost emails.

Tags: IRS , workforce , budget , Congress , House of Representatives , Colleen Kelley , Lois Lerner , National Treasury Employees Union , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 06/23/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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Expert says budget, employee reductions force agencies to rethink mission goals

With an employment drop over the past year, agencies must adopt a "less with less" mentality, according Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He says executives must be honest with Congress about their limited capabilities.

Tags: IRS , GAO , budget , workforce , management , Congress , Bob Tobias , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 06/16/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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Good IRS customer service now a taxpayer right

The newly adopted "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" will help IRS employees provide better service to taxpayers and sends a "message to Congress."

Tags: IRS , Nina Olson , National Taxpayer Advocate , Stephanie Wasko

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 04:14pm EDT

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: IRS , management , Danny Werfel , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/31/2014, 03:26pm EDT
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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: IRS , budget , workforce , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jack Moore

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

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 , IRS ,

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 , IRS , Ander Crenshaw , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , workforce

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

In Depth Show Blog - Feb. 26, 2014

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Elana Broitman , Christine Fox , Jeh Johnson , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 05:03pm 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: IRS , Treasury , budget , Congress , workforce , management , House Ways and Means Committee , Charles Boustany , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/06/2014, 03:47am EST
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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: IRS , budget , Jack Moore

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