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Treasury made faster pandemic stimulus possible with push for electronic payments

Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced nearly all agencies to accelerate IT transformation, federal financial offices had already spent years rethinking the…

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Lawmakers again want a payroll tax deferral opt-out for feds after ‘chaotic’ rollout

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Non-negotiable: all military members will be subject to Trump’s payroll tax deferral

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Treasury’s financial modernization roadmap came into focus with CARES Act spending

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In this Wednesday, May 6, 2020, photo, United States Postal Service carrier Henrietta Dixon sorts mail to be delivered before she sets out on her route in Philadelphia. Dixon has been with the post office for nearly 30 years, the last nine on her current route. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

USPS, Treasury reach agreement on $10B coronavirus relief loan

Four months after Congress approved a $10 billion loan for the Postal Service under the CARES Act, Treasury Department and USPS leadership have struck…

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FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump attends a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Washington. From left, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health. There’s the standard process for getting urgently needed coronavirus equipment: send a request to FEMA. Then there’s the other way: have a buddy who can pick up the phone and call the Trump White House. Trump’s team has proudly recounted instances where a call to the White House has produced fast results for those who have an in with the president.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Poolm, File)

Senate, House Democrats blast FEMA for unfilled positions

In today’s Federal Newscast, a bicameral group of Democrats say top leadership vacancies at the Federal Emergency Management Agency are unacceptable.

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(AP Photo/Eric Gay)In this April 23, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump's name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio. The US government has distributed about 130 million economic impact payments to taxpayers in less than 30 days. The IRS anticipates sending more than 150 million payments as part of a massive coronavirus rescue package. The distribution has had some hiccups, including an overwhelmed website, payments to deceased taxpayers and money sent to inactive accounts. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

IRS recovers more than $1B in coronavirus stimulus payments to deceased

Dave Lebryk, the Treasury Department’s fiscal assistant secretary, said the IRS has already recovered about 70% of the $1.6 billion in improper payments to the deceased and expects the agency to find more returned checks in its backlog of unopened mail.

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