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(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. The IRS website to make payments went down on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The IRS did not have an immediate explanation for the failure. But it said on its website that its online payment system became unavailable at 2:50 A.M. ET on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

IRS HR office understaffed ahead of agency’s hiring surge, watchdog warns Congress

The National Taxpayer Advocate is warning Congress that the IRS has fallen behind on hiring goals in recent years, and that its human resources office…

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House Democrats working towards infrastructure package

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Medicare’s financial problems have gotten worse, and Social Security’s can’t be ignored forever. The government’s annual assessment is a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class. The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026, three years earlier than previously forecast. The report says Social Security will become insolvent in 2034, no change from the projection last year.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senators growing frustrated with SSA’s closed offices, pandemic workarounds

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(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)FILE- In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo doors at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building are locked and covered with blinds as a sign posted advises that the office will be closed during the partial government shutdown in Seattle. Disruptions from last month’s partial government shutdown caused a “shocking” deterioration in the IRS’ telephone help for taxpayers in the first week of the filing season, the agency’s watchdog said in a report released Tuesday, Feb. 12. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

What federal union members are saying about a potential government shutdown

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)Capt. Thomas Beltz, C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 514th Air Mobility Wing, closes in to refuel with a KC-10 Extender over the Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 10, 2018. The 514th AMW is an Air Force Reserve Command unit located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J..

Air Force may be better off trying to keep pilots than hiring more

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AP/J. Scott ApplewhiteAndrew Saul listens during his confirmation hearing to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Social Security nominee promises ‘top-to-bottom’ review of IT modernization plan

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FILE- This Wednesday, June 6, 2018, file photo shows U.S. currently in New York. Cash back is not just for credit cards. More apps and websites are offering ways to earn money on the stuff you buy, as long as you’re willing to sign up and make a few taps or clicks. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)

Would bonuses help the IRS meet its taxpayer service goals?

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Senators question federal payroll providers’ efforts to protect feds’ identities

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Obama budget to fix IRS’ service woes, says commissioner

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen wants to get his agency to a point where Americans can make all their tax transactions online, and…

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IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for budget increase

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore public trust in the agency following the…

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Hearing nominations for vacant Treasury posts

Although the President’s cabinet team is in place, a number of important positions are still waiting to be filled. The Treasury Department is one agency with high-level positions still vacant. This week the Senate Finance…

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