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  • IRS Furlough
    bigfootnmd
    The date of the remaining announced IRS furlough day is August 30th.
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  • Get Use To It
    jst
    We are going to see massive cuts (RIFS), and furlough days that are going to extend probably into the next 2 years at least. Given the fact that sequestration is designed around a 10 year period, it would not surprise me if the government uses this time frame to reduce the number of FTE in all agencies. I truly believe that those who are eligible for retirement will be forced to do so soon, and I also believe that those who are making high salaries, i.e. 6 figures, are going to be reduced in large numbers. I dare say that one day you will see GS-12 being at the top of the rung one day with a hand full of SES employees on the roles. The backlash to much of this, which I believe we will begin to see soon, is the housing foreclosures returning in big numbers, repo's on autos because of lack of payment, and collection companies having a hay day because federal employees will not be able to make their payments on outstanding bills. This will force many people to leave the area because of the cost of living etc. That will have a backlash on the economy and the state of Maryland and Virgina will be forced to raise taxes even higher because the number of taxpaying federal workers will not longer be around. This will increase the burden on those who are left. Think this area could not begin to look like Detroit? Think again folks.
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  • Not there yet
    contrarian
    While your Doomsday may come to pass with a few more years of this fiasco, we're not there yet. More likely are massive budget cuts and RIFs, like in the early 90s. Reinventing government redux. Some agencies, like IRS will suffer because they have no political support, especially now that it's clear they chose sides institutionally. That 24% budget cut punishment will hurt.
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  • Parts of DoD are already planning RIFs
    marxwj
    I know of at least one group that has a mock RIF scheduled for September and will be sending people out with early out offers in October. Of course they are amateurs so they will shortly find out some of the rules will get in the way of their plan. If there is a contractor doing a similar job, the contractor will have to go first. People with previous work experience in other jobs may have bumping rights over others in much different parts of the organization, and so on. The last RIF I went through took a year and a half and they went through 3 mock RIFs, and they still messed up 8 to 10 people across the organization. The RIF process in the federal government is more than a bit arcane. The one truth to keep in mind is that generally the contractors go before they can RIF status federal workers. If DoD is serious, I see a lot of contracts not being renewed next year. Has anyone notified acquisition about this yet?
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  • To Contrarian
    Moderate
    Although you may be correct about the IRS budget, you are grossly incorrect about the IRS choosing sides. The IRS must make determinations on various issues including 501(c)(4). The filter for tea parties was out because they appear to be political organizations. If they are primarily political, then they apparantly do not qualify for 501(c)(4). The agents must ask detailed questions in their history section to get a better understanding of these parties. However, the donkey politicians have no clue as to what they are talking about when they lambast the IRS on this issue. The spineless commissioner would not go to congress and tell them what they do not want to hear. So instead, the donkeys in congress will cut the IRS budget so that it will not be able to do its job. Then they will scream when the IRS does not do its job. I think that if the congressional people write a letter for a constituent that letter should be put in the same order as any other letters. If they have a problem then IRS should tell them the IRS does not have enough money to prioritize their letters. And let us not forget that by shortchanging the IRS more tax cheats will fall through the cracks. And our deficit will increase. Then of course, the donkeys in congress will scream again.
    worker
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  • Reality
    contrarian
    Either you are in a serious case of Denial, or you are fine with what they did. I understand that about 25% of the population will agree that using the system against your enemies is okay. Ironic that if it happened to your side, and they still haven't stopped howling about Bush v Gore, you'd agree with me.
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  • Let's try it again Contrarian since you do not read
    Moderate
    There are certain requirements for an organization to qualify as a 501(c)(4) organization. The organization, as far as I understand, cannot be primarily political. The tea parties appear to be political. Therefore, a red flag was put up to review the tea party applications. Standards need to be set to get the necessary information to make the deternmination. The same standards and flags should be set for left wing as well as right wing organizations.-----We have flags in my line of work as well. It helps the examination process. And yes, I had questions of a left wing organization. I did my job and will continue to do it in a non political manner. Most people in my job feel the same way.-----So, Mr. Contrarian, the IRS is non political unless you are referring to the Nixon nonsense.---As for the Congressmen, they are a bunch of loud mouth weasels who want their day in the sun.
    worker
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