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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 1, 2013

Sharon Roth of the Merit Systems Protection Board discusses a new survey on federal management. Lt. Cmdr. Jean Marie Sullivan of the Navy Office of Women's Policy talks about the new DoD decision to open up combat jobs to women. Greg Kutz, a senior audit executive with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Audit, talks about a new report his agency released. Keith Lucas, vice president for AFGE Council 228, discusses a new contract his union signed with the Small Business Administration.

Tags: Sharon Roth , MSPB , management , Jean Marie Sullivan , Navy , women in combat , DoD , DoD Report , Greg Kutz , hiring , IRS , Keith Lucas , AFGE , Small Business Administration , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/01/2013, 09:29am EST

IRS struggling to tackle massive surge in identity theft

Faced with declining resources, the Internal Revenue Service has diverted resources from elsewhere inside the agency to try and head off skyrocketing cases of identity theft stemming from tax refunds.

Tags: IRS , Congress , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , GAO , National Taxpayer Advocate , J. Russell George , Gerry Connolly , Nina Olson , Beth Tucker , James White , technology , cybersecurity , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/30/2012, 06:16pm EST
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Delayed software updates leave IRS computers prone to hackers, auditors say

Thousands of IRS computers could be prone to cyber intruders because officials aren't updating software in a timely manner, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , IRS , Jack Moore

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 08:10pm EDT

IRS urged to create IT skills inventory

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recommends IRS' chief technology officer create an "inventory list" with the skills needed for each IT position, as well as a process for evaluating an IT employee's skills.

Tags: J. Russell George , IRS , IT workforce , technology , management , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 02:37pm EDT

Federal agencies owe $14 million in unpaid taxes

The $14 million owed to the U.S. treasury comes from money withheld from federal employees' paychecks that was never turned over to the IRS, according to a new audit from the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration. The audit also reviewed whether the IRS made recommended changes following a similar audit five years ago.

Tags: audit , IRS , delinquent taxes , J. Russell George

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 02:02pm EDT

Telework rate jumps as agencies take advantage of new law, guidance

Federal News Radio believes the administration has effectively complied with the law and demonstrated real progress by increasing the use of telework. The administration has improved record-keeping to better understand who is using the option and how it is working, which is required by the law.

Tags: George Jakabcin , Francis Rose , telework

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:46am EDT
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Federal agencies owe the IRS at least $28M in fees

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration evaluated six random reimbursable agreements IRS made with agencies and found a lot of money went uncollected.

Tags: Financial Management Service , CFO , Russell George , IRS , Pamela LaRue , oversight , best practices , Keith BieryGolick , financial management

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 05:35am EDT

TIGTA: IRS cyber response center needs some improvements

The cybersecurity response center at the IRS is mostly working, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. However, in the report, Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George said that the Computer Security Incident Response Center isn't reporting every computer security incident as it's supposed to.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Treasury , IRS

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 08:03pm EDT

IG: Missing documents plague IRS process for screening new hires

A new inspector general's report finds missing documentation plagues the Internal Revenue Service's process for pre-screening new hires that are often entrusted with sensitive financial information.

Tags: Treasury , IRS , Debra Chew , hiring , background checks

Monday - 03/19/2012, 03:29pm EDT
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