House Ways and Means Committee

  • IRS performance data shows audit rate cut in half since 2010

    The IRS reported auditing nearly 1 million tax returns in FY 2018, about 0.5% of 196 million tax returns filed during that year’s filing season.

  • New bill would let military service members sue Pentagon for medical malpractice

    In today’s Federal Newscast, members of Congress introduced a bill to allow military servicemembers to sue the DoD for instances of medical malpractice unrelated to their military duties.

  • IRS watchdog: Options to extend filing season deadline ‘something that we’ve been thinking about’

    The five-week partial government shutdown couldn’t have come at a worse time for the IRS, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson had told Congress, but following a House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee hearing Thursday, she said she remains uncertain as to whether the shutdown’s impact would warrant pushing back this year’s filing season deadline.

  • How one agency cut over $4.5B in improper payments

    In today’s Federal Newscast, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it avoided handing out more than $4.5 billion in improper payments under one of its signature programs in fiscal 2018.

  • Proposals to reform IRS are on the way

    In today’s Federal Newscast, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-Texas) says there will be a bill next month to begin restructuring the IRS.

  • Congress: Lack of leadership put SSA on ‘autopilot’ for too long

    GAO report found SSA in violation of Federal Vacancies Reform Act after agency goes 5 years without appointed commissioner, or even a nominee.

  • After 25 years of talk, SSA says it has right plan to modernize its IT

    The Social Security Administration has a new plan to modernize five major IT systems, to the tune of $300 million. SSA Chief Information Officer Robert Klopp said the agency could make headway on the plan within a year, as long as it gets the funding it needs from Congress. The House, however, is poised to cut SSA’s budget by $250 million this year.

  • Social Security reform for CSRS feds hits a roadblock

    Congress and members in the federal community are at a standstill over how to change the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) for federal employees and retirees in the Civil Service Retirement System. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady had a bill that would lessen the WEP penalty, but last-minute changes to the legislation derailed its official introduction to Congress.

  • Lawmakers debate bills with serious implications for the IRS

    Four bills aimed at improving IRS accountability passed the House Ways and Means Committee, but not without strenuous objections.

  • Lawmakers still searching for Postal Service life raft

    Democrats and Republicans both agree the Postal Service needs congressional help to better its budget, but getting there is a tougher problem.