Senate Finance Committee

  • GAO says VA needs plan for coming retirement wave

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Government Accountability Offices says one-third of the Veterans Affairs workforce is eligible to retire by 2022, and the agency has no succession plan in place.

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

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a new study from the RAND Corporation shows it would cost the military more money to create new pilots, rather than trying to retain the ones it currently has.

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

    President Donald Trump’s pick to run the Social Security Administration says he’ll take a top-to-bottom look at the agency’s five-year IT modernization plan, and will reexamine its growing disability backlog. 

  • Would bonuses help the IRS meet its taxpayer service goals?

    As lawmakers and tax policy experts look to revitalize the IRS Oversight Board that’s laid dormant for years, one proposal on the table would give the board the power to award bonuses to IRS executives who meet or exceed performance goals. 

  • Senators want more IRS accountability amid House call for chief’s impeachment

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and 18 other members of his committee, introduced a resolution calling for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s impeachment. Koskinen said his agency has made some progress in improving accountability and communication in the wake of IRS scandals.

  • Congress, agencies dissect root causes of improper payments

    Congress and agencies are still looking for answers as they grapple with a 14 percent increase in the governmentwide improper payment rate in 2014.

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

    Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wrote to the Agriculture Department’s National Finance Center, the Pentagon’s Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Interior Department’s National Business Center and the General Service Administration’s National Payroll Branch asking for details on their reporting of wage and tax statements in an effort to ensure tax refunds are going to the right people.

  • 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 told the Senate Finance Committee that it needs funding close to what President Barack Obama has proposed.

  • 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 recent uproar over revelations of purported political bias by IRS employees. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Koskinen also said he’d work to turn around the declining employee morale.

  • 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…