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Budget constraints set to fix IRS having opposite effect, experts say

The strict budget constraints placed on the Internal Revenue Service are crippling efforts to conduct the most basic levels of public service, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , Hal Rogers , House , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , National Taxpayer Advocate , Nina Olson , TIGTA , J. Russell George , Sean McCalley

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 05:38pm EST

DHS Secretary Johnson baffled by 'absurd' budget conversation

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Thursday on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department beyond this Friday. If passed, the bill would still have to clear the House, before being sent to the President's desk. While Congress was busy making moves Wednesday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson went on the offensive to ensure Congress doesn't shut down his department. 30,000 DHS workers would be sent home and the trickle-down effect on state and local governments and law enforcement organizations would worsen if Congress doesn't pass a bill, Johnson said.

Tags: DHS , Jeh Johnson , Congress , shutdown , John Boehner , Bennie Thompson , Ron Johnson , Jason Miller , workforce , Tom Ridge , Michael Chertoff

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:31pm EST

Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Tags: Heidi Burakiewicz , Mehri & Skalet PLLC , Legal Loop , DHS , Federal Drive , shutdown , furloughs , Congress

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am EST
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DHS on the brink of partial shutdown: Lessons from those who were there

Former DHS leaders say you don't need a shutdown to harm the department. The threat of a partial shutdown is enough to lower employees' morale and slow down progress.

Tags: DHS , continuing resolution , Rafael Borras , Chris Cummiskey , Jeh Johnson , Congress , shutdown , emily kopp

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:54pm EST
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DHS shutdown twofer: Burning money and morale at the same time

Former DHS chief human capital officer Jeff Neal talks about the real costs behind shutting down an agency.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , DHS , shutdown , management , morale , workforce , commentary

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 12:01pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Secretary of Homeland Security and two of his predecessors are calling on lawmakers to remove the politics from the debate over funding the department. Jeh Johnson, the current DHS secretary, and Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, DHS leaders under former President George W. Bush, berated the decision of Congress to tie DHS funding to the immigration debate. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest with impending partial DHS shutdown and what it will mean to agency employees and contractors.

Tags: Jason Miller , DHS , shutdown , Congress , Jeh Johnson , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:41pm EST
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VA seeks budget help to beat back backlog of disability claims appeals

The Veterans Affairs Department is requesting $20 million in fiscal 2016 to move its appeals processes from a mix of paper and electronic processes to only electronic. The additional funding is part of VA's $4.13 billion IT request to Congress.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , VA , Steph Warren , Health IT , Disability backlog , Appeals backlog , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 03:58am EST

IRS: Your chances of getting audited lowest in a decade

Budget cuts forced the IRS to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday. And the number of audits could be even lower this year.

Tags: IRS , John Koskinen , audit ,

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:40pm EST
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