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IRS 'took reasonable steps' to implement sequestration cuts

From hiring freezes and furlough days, to cuts to travel and equipment upgrades, the IRS generally 'took reasonable steps' to plan for sequestration, according to a new audit.

Tags: Dena Levitz , sequestration , IRS , audit , budget ,

Friday - 06/20/2014, 10:53am EDT

Report: IRS employees disciplined for misconduct still received bonuses

In a recent audit made public Tuesday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported that between Oct. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31 2012, more than 2,800 employees disciplined within the past year for misconduct collected a total of $2.8 million in monetary awards. That included more than $1 million in cash awards for 1,100 IRS employees who had failed to pay federal taxes.

Tags: IRS , workforce , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:37pm EDT

Mobile, telework create potential savings, increase productivity at agencies

Emerging technologies like cloud, wireless access and virtualization are making telework an easy -- and economic -- solution for some agencies.

Tags: Brian McGrath , George Jakabcin , A New Era in Technology , telework , mobile , technology , cybersecurity , Virtualization , In Depth , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , Census Bureau , cloud

Friday - 11/22/2013, 03:07pm EST
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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: IRS , budget , Nina Olson , National Taxpayer Advocate , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , John Koskinen , Jack Moore

Friday - 01/10/2014, 04:40pm 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: IRS , contracting , back taxes , management , oversight

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

IRS severing ties with firm amid $500 million in questionable contracts

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it is seeking to cut its business relationship with a firm that may have had inside access to the agency's procurement decisions. Lawmakers also questioned agency decisions to award the company special status as veteran-owned and serving economically-disadvantaged areas.

Tags: contracting , Congress , Darrell Issa , Strong Castle , SDVOSB , HUBZone , Tammy Duckworth , SBA , Jared Serbu , IRS

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 05:27am EDT
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IG: IRS violated few policies in spending millions on conferences

The Internal Revenue Service held 225 employee conferences between 2010 and 2012, at a total cost of $49 million, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The report also revealed the embattled agency used funding originally slated to hire front-line employees to foot most of the bill for a $4.1 million conference held in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010.

Tags: IRS , management , oversight , conference spending , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 06:21pm EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 13, 2013

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) talks about his plans as the new chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Greg Kutz of TIGTA discusses new progress being made by the IRS in recruitment and hiring. Jennifer Martinez, staff writer at The Hill newspaper, discusses the new Executive Order on cybersecurity. Don Kettl of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy offers insight on the State of the Union speech.

Tags: Tom Carper , Congress , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Greg Kutz , IRS , Jennifer Martinez , The Hill , cybersecurity , Barack Obama , State of the Union , Don Kettl , University of Maryland , Federal Drive , DoD , DoD Report , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 09:01am EST

IRS budget woes, shrinking staff threaten to derail agency

As the Internal Revenue Service prepares to enter tax season full-bore, the agency is faced with a tightened budget, a shrinking workforce and an ever-more complex and increasing workload. That combination, along with leadership changes at the top of agency, threatens to upend the gains IRS has made over the past few years to better manage its workforce, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, an agency watchdog.

Tags: IRS , workforce , retention , human capital , hiring freeze , buyouts , Jack Moore

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 07:02pm EST
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