An early draft of a fiscal 2017 spending bill aims to deliver more severe cuts to the Internal Revenue Service, and would prevent the agency from enforcing provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
Federal employees are one-step closer to a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2017 as the $21.7 billion Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill passed out of subcommittee.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen pledged improved customer service, tougher enforcement and stronger cybersecurity for the agency as it looks for $11.8 billion in 2017 funding.
The IRS would face even greater financial constraints and federal building construction would grind nearly to a halt under a $20.2 billion FY 2016 spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee.
The National Treasury Employees Union says a budget proposal for the IRS would cause ”damaging cuts.” But Rep. Ander Crenshaw defens his subcommittee’s proposal.
The plan to swap the FBI’s current building in downtown Washington for an as-yet-unnamed site in the metro region is causing consternation on Capitol Hill. Some members used a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to share their concerns with GSA’s new leader, Denise Turner Roth.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government that budget and staffing reductions are impacting the agency’s core missions of customer service and tax collection. The agency projects it will only be able to answer 61 percent of phone calls this year, meaning some 20 million phone calls will go unanswered. Meanwhile, taxpayers attempting to reach IRS offices are facing wait times that stretch past 20 minutes.