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  • Decisions, Decisions, Decisions..........
    Spunky
    Why can't they just make a decision one way or the other?
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  • Capitol Hill Employees Have Paid Day Off
    Grinch
    The Mother of a Capitol Hill employee said her son would have the day off with pay because of the Congressman laying in State.
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  • Holiday
    Bud
    Another rumor,here we go again.
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  • Times pass, times change
    Chuck@IRS
    Looking back it seems Republican administrations have thought of Federal workers as a lower class, and they were willing to throw us a bone once in a while. Democratic administrations thought of Federal employees as wealthier than most of the Country, but still hard working and on occasion, deserved of a Holiday bonus. Today, we're thought of wealthy, greedy, and lazy, and the Administration, both sides, wonders why moral is dropping.
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  • some things stay the same
    Rob
    At least federal employees know where they stand with the GOP. With the Dems you're really not quite sure. They certainly say all the right things, especially leading up to elections. Just remember, Obama is a lame duck president. He has nothing to fear in terms of the electorate. He can and will do what he thinks is best over the next 4 years. Buckle up because his view is not what most people would agree with. Yes he won the election, but I'd argue that if he truthfully laid out his views of what America should be he would lose and lose big.
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  • Some things stay the same
    Moderate
    I think I would take the risk with the unknown Democrats rather than the horrifying Republicans. The Republicans want a 5 year wage freeze, with 5% or more increases in employee payments to our pension plan, chained CPI for retirees, and other nonsense to stick it to us. At least the Democrats try to reduce the shaft to us as much as possible. And let us not forget the Republicans' desire to raise taxes on everyone if the wealthy do not participate in the tax cuts. Yes, I know about Boehner's proposal. I'll stay with the Democrats.
    worker
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  • Extra Holiday
    Bud
    I'm a CSRS retiree.How much time/productivity was wasted yesterday with the rumor mill on the Christmas Eve holiday.Working FEDS wonder why the non FED workers shake their heads.I've already answered about 10 phone calls from friends,kids,etc.on this extra holiday.Their main complaint has been why should these non FEDS pay taxes so FEDS can get another free day off.And the real rub is their sarcasm about DC FEDS getting days off when a little snow falls.
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  • Extra Holiday
    Moderate
    They pay taxes for the services such as keeping the air clean, defense, protecting food, road building and maintenance, etc. And remember, we are grossly underpaid. I deal mostly with CPA's and a few attorneys who make much more than I do. Most of them have lesser tax skills than I do.---I also know those in private industry who have December 24th off.
    worker
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  • Christmas
    Bud
    Moderate-Enjoy your holiday season.Merry Christmas.It's been fun debating issues with you.We don't always agree but it's professional/courteous.
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  • Can't see the forest for the "tree"
    JBsPoint2Ponder
    Concern over the Monday holiday is missing the big picture. Having an extra holiday just adds to the negative perceptions of excessive benefits for Feds which are out of touch with the private sector. We need to focus on pay and benefits comparable to similar positions. Merry Christmas!
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  • Still missing the tree JB
    Chuck@IRS
    The tree is not why are federal benefits so high, but how did the private sector sink so low? Raising benefits in the private sector is what's needed, not a reduction of federal benefits. Raise the bar, not race to the bottom.
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  • Merry Christmas!
    LI fed
    Since I work for the IRS and am required to work on the 24th, I will have to call taxpayers that day, trying to collect unpaid taxes. Merry Christmas!!
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  • Happy Holiday
    Moderate
    When you go to collect the money, be sure to wear a Santa Claus suit. (Only kidding) Seriously, are you supposed to make those kind of phone calls during the holiday season?
    worker
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  • Holiday
    Bud
    When I ran a center we never called on Christmas Eve.What SESer changed that?
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  • no contact with taxpayers.
    pcfriar66
    I retired after 33 years as a Revenue 0fficer (collection of back taxes and unfiled returns) at the IRS and we were srongly advised (just short of an official order) to not contact taxpayers on Christmas Eve. We were also vitually ordered not to issue any liens or levys of any kind after a certain date, which fluctuated from year to year but always went through New Years Day. This also included summonses.
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  • T/P Contact
    Bud
    Pcfriar-That's the same policy we followed back in the 1960s as an R/O.Thank goodness it hasn't changed.
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  • T/P contact around Xmas.
    pcfriar66
    I've been out 9 years so I don't know for sure what the policy is. However, for my last 5 years we were under RRA '98 which greately restricted our ability to levy, and made us jump through hoops for the most routine levys, summones, 3rd party contacts, virtually shutting down the entire collection division. Everything we were trained to do and tortured to do by management over the years, was now wrong. We were now doing the job with both hands tied behind our backs. All actions needed several layers of management approvals, and anything put in for approval generated full case reviews. I would think that any restrictions on activity during Christmas, if they changed at all, became even more restrictive, not less.
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  • Glad I am noit an RO.
    Moderate
    We have some nonsense with RRA 98, but RTO's have it much worse. Anyway, happy holiday and have an enjoyable New Year and a happy year.
    worker
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  • Congress will be off on Monday
    Chuck@IRS
    Headline posted a few minutes ago: Lacking support, House pulls last-ditch cliff fix, heads home Congress is going home, won't be back until after Christmas, and then only maybe.
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