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John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

13,000 fewer employees work for the Internal Revenue Service than in 2010. The agency's budget is also down about 10 percent since then. John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, says his agency is facing major financial and staffing challenges. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his plans to keep the IRS running.

Tags: John Koskinen , IRS , Francis Rose , In Depth , management , workforce

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Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Tags: NDAA , Buck McKeon , John McCain , DoD , pay and benefits , Barack Obama , Air Force , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST

Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

President Obama signed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks into law that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Tags: Congress , House , House Ways and Means Committe , Dave Camp , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jory Heckman , mass-transit benefit , tax breaks , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:39am EST

IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , tax refund , Congress , hiring freeze , Associated Press , overtime , workforce

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST

Obama approves $1.1 trillion federal spending bill

President Barack Obama signed Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday, putting an official end to the last-minute negotiations for the fiscal year 2015 budget - at least for now.

Tags: House , Senate , Congress , management , confirmation , appointments

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 06:46am EST

Making Dollars And Sense Out of Data Center Consolidation

So, how does data center consolidation open doors for mission improvements? How does data center consolidation change the way you have to buy and manage mission critical systems? And how can agencies move money from operating and maintaining a data center to developing, modernizing and enhancing mission-critical systems?

Tags: technology , Brocade , Alfred Rivera , Zach Baldwin , Cindy Cassil , Jason Miller , OMB

Friday - 08/24/2012, 12:18pm EDT
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Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Congress is capping the pensions of top military officials in 2015. As part of National Defense Authorization Act, pensions for generals and admirals will be trimmed to ensure they make no more in retirement than they did on active duty. That reverses a 2007 law designed to help retain officers during wartime. What effects, if any, will this have on the military's ability to retain its senior officers? Larry Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of Defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look at this measure.

Tags: Larry Korb , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , NDAA , DoD , retirement , pay and benefit

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:55am EST
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Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

NASA's launch and re-entry of its Orion space capsule proved the vehicle might safely carry people into deep space. Someday. But when? That's the question NASA faces as it tries to meet ambitious deadlines with limited funds. A big challenge is developing the vehicle, the rocket necessary to launch it past the moon and the ground station support so they're all ready at the same time. The Government Accountability Office has been on top of this. Christina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to examine the agency's findings.

Tags: Cristina Chaplain , GAO , Orion , NASA , acquisition ,

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:31am EST
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House approves $1.1T bill financing government

Tags: omnibus , House , Congress

Friday - 12/12/2014, 08:34am EST
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