In today’s Federal Newscast, new legislation from Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) would give agencies the authority to fire employees and contractors convicted or credibly found to have committed sexual assault while in government.
Congress appears ready to sign off on giving the IRS its biggest budget in nearly a decade, giving the agency enough resources to begin to roll out the latest in a series of modernization efforts.
Members of the House Ways and Means Committee and IRS watchdogs have expressed concerns about the size of the agency’s tax gap — hundreds of billions of dollars that go uncollected each year — but disagree how best to close the gap.
The agency says it is on track to implement new hiring policies, and doubled down on its tax ID fraud defenses.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen urged Congress to fund the tax administration so it can invest in IT infrastructure, and meet customer service demands.
Internal Revenue Service watchdogs say the agency could do more in terms of taxpayer services if it had more human and financial resources. The White House proposed a fiscal 2018 budget of $10.9 billion, a cut of roughly $300 million from 2017 funding levels.
The Government Accountability Office’s report on reducing agency fragmentation, overlap, and duplication shows the federal government could save tens of billions of dollars — if agencies choose to act on the recommendations and Congress offers its help.
Dozens of people were arrested in relation to the phone scams, which targeted millions of people and resulted in more than 10,000 victims and hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen money.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said his agency is working to both strengthen the security around taxpayer information, while also allowing taxpayers access to their own data. And doing it on a smaller budget and with fewer IT experts.
A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit found that the IRS is learning from past mistakes related to conference spending. But the tax watchdog says the agency can still improve on how it maintains its documents and reports training and events.