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Bill targeting tax-delinquent federal employees set for House vote

April 15 is tax day not just for individuals but also on Capitol Hill, where the House has scheduled votes on a number of tax-related bills, including one aimed at compliance by federal employees. That bill would make those with a “seriously delinquent tax debt” ineligible to remain, or to become, federal employees. It would […]

VA social worker who appeared to mock veteran suicides has resigned.

A social worker at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis who sent an e-mail that appears to poke fun at veterans mental health problems, including suicide, has resigned, according to the Indianapolis Star. The e-mail by Robin...Show More Summary

Isolated. Harassed. Their personal lives investigated. That’s life as a VA whistleblower, employees tell Congress.

Some whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs say they were demoted, then moved into windowless storage rooms, or basements. Others found their medical backgrounds scrutinized, and even their mental health and personal lives...Show More Summary

Federal cyber workforce woefully inadequate, report says

Rigid hiring processes and low pay for specialized employees have kept the U.S. government from developing the type of cyber workforce it needs to keep up with growing attacks, according to an independent analysis. The Partnership for...Show More Summary

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t know if patent examiners are doing their jobs, watchdog says

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has almost no way to know if patent examiners are doing their jobs well, the agency’s watchdog concludes in a report that raises concerns about the quality of thousands of patents issued each year. The sharply critical report issued Monday by the inspector general for the Commerce Department, the patent […]

(Video) Michael Bolton’s ode to the unpopular IRS: ‘How are we supposed to live without you?’

Grammy Award- winner Michael Bolton sang a parody of his hit song “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” as a defense of the Internal Revenue Service on Sunday during HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” IRS service levels are abysmally low this tax season after five years of budget cuts and a pair of […]

IRS budget cuts lead to bad customer service

Not many federal administrators would so bluntly acknowledge the failure of their agencies to serve taxpayers. But when 60 percent of taxpayers can’t reach a customer service agent by telephone, even as the IRS is collecting $3 trillion from them, the situation is obvious. “We certainly can’t afford to have taxpayer service be any worse than it […]

Six examples of government waste from this year’s budget-hawk reports

Congress faces a deadline Wednesday for approving a unified 2016 budget, and lawmakers from both parties are looking for ways to trim the $13 trillion federal debt to varying degrees. At least two reports this year have highlighted perceived waste that the government could address as it tries to reduce spending. Citizens Against Government Waste released […]

Warrior Pose — One way to help veterans with PTSD? Lots of yoga.

Army Lt. Col. John Thurman lost 26 co-workers in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon. He suffered severe smoke inhalation while trapped in the building for 25 minutes. He spent a week in the hospital recovering. In the months after the attacks, Thurman found he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Show More Summary

Federal contracting bias against LGBT Americans is banned

President Obama’s executive order banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans by federal contractors took effect Wednesday. Anne Rung, administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy,...Show More Summary

IRS: Our collections staff is depleted. But don’t get the idea we’re not pursuing tax cheats

The Internal Revenue Service says it has been forced to curtail enforcement against tax cheats, a fallout from five years of budget cuts. But after the Federal Eye reported this week that a team of revenue officers in the Dallas area does not have the resources to go after taxpayers who owe less than $1 million […]

Puerto Ricans who can’t speak English qualify as disabled for Social Security

Hundreds of Puerto Rico’s residents qualified for federal disability benefits in recent years because they lacked fluency in English, according to government auditors. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general questioned the policy this month in light of the fact that Spanish is the predominant language in the U.S. Show More Summary

Sen. Grassly calls hearing on controversial asset seizures

The Senate Judiciary Committee next week will examine how to avoid abuses of the nation’s asset-forfeiture laws, which allow law enforcement to seize money from criminal organizations. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the panel,...Show More Summary

NLRB hits Postal Service over response to cyber breach

The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint calling on the U.S. Postal Service to negotiate with employee groups over how quickly to tell personnel about cyber attacks that affect their personal data. The March 31 action came...Show More Summary

In Dallas, the IRS says it can’t chase tax cheats who owe less than $1 million

DALLAS — The Internal Revenue Service collects about 93 percent of the revenue that keeps the federal government going. But today in Dallas, there are more than 1,000 wealthy people who owe a whole lot of money the IRS says it isn’t even trying to collect. If these taxpayers are delinquent on $900,000, for example, the IRS […]

Ruling: Army owes damages to transgender employee for bathroom dispute

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ordered the Department of the Army to pay damages to a transgender employee whom it barred from a restroom matching her new identity and referred to her by her previous gender. In an April...Show More Summary

Retiree group more visible with new ‘threats’ to feds

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) has long been one of the largest organizations for feds. Now it’s trying to be one of the most visible, too. Richard G. Thissen, NARFE’s new president, is using that increased visibility to fight what is developing as one of the most significant challenges to NARFE’s […]

5 ways the Postal Service could save money with Google Glass-type eyewear

Digital eyewear such as Google Glass is far from cheap, but the devices might help the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service save millions of dollars each year if its employees wear them. That’s according to an analysis from the...Show More Summary

Postal Serves releases Maya Angelou stamp with quote from another author

The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday released a new Maya Angelou stamp featuring a quote from a different author, propagating a popular misconception about the source of the line despite learning about the mistake a day earlier. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song,” the stamp […]

Labor Department failed to properly report $2 million in employee conferences

The Department of Labor failed to follow federal reporting guidelines for some of its most expensive employee conferences in 2013, missing statutory deadlines for telling auditors about the events and potentially miscalculating its cost reductions, according to a watchdog review. Show More Summary

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