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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/03/2014

House panel to consider contempt finding against former IRS official Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner has twice invoked her Fifth Amendment right instead of testifying about the IRS targeting controversy.

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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013

IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram denies practicing witchcraft during House hearing

Sarah Hall Ingram is former head of the IRS division that singled out tax-exemption applicants for extra scrutiny based on ideology.

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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 09/30/2013

What a shutdown would mean for the Treasury Department

The Internal Revenue Service would place about 90 percent of its workforce on furlough and close down call-center operations.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:55 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/23/2013

IRS sticks with plan to halt $70 million in bonuses

A third-party mediator upheld the agency’s plan despite opposition from a labor group.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:18 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Rep. Chris Van Hollen to file lawsuit against IRS over tax-exemption rules

The lawsuit will challenge IRS rules related to social welfare groups.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:52 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 08/08/2013

IRS postpones August furlough day

The move marks the agency's second cancellation of mandatory time off work in less than a month.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:47 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Republicans demand communications between IRS and FEC

E-mails have raised concerns that the IRS may have shared confidential taxpayer information with the FEC.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:52 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 07/29/2013

House Republicans reveal new IRS targeting 'allegations'

The allegations this time involve groups that were already approved for tax-exempt status.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:59 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Senate, House at odds over IRS funding

A Senate panel would boost funding for the IRS, calling the cut sought by the House counterproductive.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:36 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  appropriations, federal employees, federal pay, irs

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/19/2013

IRS inspector general Russell George was a Democrat

George told a congressional panel that he worked the 1980 Democratic National Convention and helped found the Howard University College Democrats.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/17/2013

IRS chief counsel's office involved in targeting controversy

The new information comes from a congressional interview with an IRS attorney.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 07/16/2013

IRS cancels one of its furlough days

Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel told employees that the agency eliminated its July 22 furlough day.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:56 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Democrats offer new evidence that IRS targeted progressive groups

Congressional investigators have discovered IRS training materials that prove the agency didn't just screen for tea party organizations.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 07/11/2013

IRS chief moves to stop agency bonuses

Werfel said stopping the performance awards could help the IRS cancel its last two furlough days.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:37 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 07/10/2013

House Oversight schedules another IRS hearing

Congressional investigators have spent the past several months interviewing employees from the IRS offices in both regions.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:28 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 07/10/2013

House subcommittee approves GOP plan to slash IRS budget by 24 percent

The House Appropriations measure would give the IRS $9 billion for 2014, representing the lowest level for the agency since 2001.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:26 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 07/09/2013

GOP bill would allow leave without pay for officials under investigation

The proposal comes as part of a series of bills that House Republicans plan to advance later this month.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:31 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs issues

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/03/2013

IRS BOLOs: What's the problem?

IRS documents released last week show the agency has screened both progressive and conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 06/28/2013

House committee votes that Lois Lerner waived Fifth Amendment privilege

The resolution deals with IRS official Lois Lerner declaring herself innocent before invoking her Fifth Amendment right.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:54 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Hearing will examine IRS's internal review of screening practices

President Obama ordered the review after an IG report faulted the IRS for inappropriate behavior toward tax-exemption applicants.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Taxpayer Advocate Service says real IRS crisis is financial one

The group made a series of recommendations for improving the IRS in its mid-year report to Congress.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:14 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Was the IRS report 'flawed in a fundamental way'?

Senate Democrats revealed that the term "progressive" was among the IRS's search criteria in the agency's controversial targeting effort.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Grassley: IRS paid $42,000 in bonuses to Lois Lerner

Lerner, an IRS officials who oversaw the agency's tax-exemption operations, refused to testify before Congress and is on leave.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:20 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Bill would require agencies to fire feds who invoke Fifth Amendment

Republican lawmaker proposed legislation that would require federal agencies to fire employees who refuse to answer questions from Congress.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Rep. Elijah Cummings releases a full IRS interview transcript

The Democratic congressman said the interview "debunks conspiracy theories" about the IRS targeting controversy.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Second IRS closing day coming tomorrow

Most services will be unavailable as tax agency carries out second sequestration-caused furlough day.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:24 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  closing, furlough, irs, sequester

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/12/2013

IRS targeting didn't start in Ohio, Ways and Means chairman says

The Republican congressman said Wednesday that talks with IRS employees showed the effort "didn't originate in Cincinnati."

By Josh Hicks  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Republicans insist IRS case is not solved

Key Republicans on the House oversight committee criticized the panel's top Democrat for suggesting lawmakers should move on.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/10/2013

IRS replaces another official after targeting revelations

The agency announced the move in an internal memo on Monday.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:58 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Cincinnati IRS employees say their actions started the targeting efforts

An IRS manager in Cincinnati elevated the first tea party case that prompted the targeting of conservative groups, and another employee from that Ohio office developed the initial search criteria, according to the House oversight committee's top Democrat.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Clarifying common misconceptions about the IRS targeting campaign

The Federal Eye sheds light on tenuous claims relating to the IRS targeting campaign.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:34 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Five and counting: Yet another IRS hearing

Tuesday's congressional hearing will feature testimony from groups the IRS targeted for special scrutiny.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013

Previewing the fourth IRS hearing

Treasury inspector general J. Russell George and new acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel will testify at the hearing.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 05/31/2013

New IG report details 'excessive spending' on IRS conferences

A congressional hearing next week will examine an upcoming inspector general's report on the issue.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/29/2013

IRS names new chief risk officer to help restore agency's integrity

David Fisher is former chief administrative officer at the Government Accountability Office.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:59 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 05/23/2013

IRS names replacement for Lerner

An internal communication shows that the agency replaced Lois Lerner with Ken Corbin.

By Josh Hicks  |  07:39 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs, IRS scandal

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 05/22/2013

New IRS boss sends message to workers

Danny Werfel tells the rank-and-file that they will quickly determine what went wrong.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:14 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Watchdog group sues IRS for stricter tax-exemption rules

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed its lawsuit on Monday in the U.S. District Court for D.C.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:54 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013

What's the appropriate level of White House involvement with IG findings?

How much should the White House know about IG audits before the results become public?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Steven Miller's resignation memo to IRS employees

The acting IRS commissioner resigned Wednesday amid revelations that the agency had targeted conservatives that applied for tax-exempt status.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:32 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Tougher discipline for IRS employees set aside, at least for now

For procedural reasons, plan to add criminal penalties for certain employee misconduct doesn't come to a vote.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:41 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS employee discipline, IRS employees, IRS scandal, tax exempt organizations

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013

IRS released confidential info on conservative groups to ProPublica

The IRS provided the documents to the investigative-reporting organization, potentially violating federal guidelines.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Senate Democrats demanded stricter IRS standards for tax-exempt groups

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and six other Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to IRS commissioner.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:21 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Lingering questions about the IRS targeting of conservative groups

Leaked details from an upcoming inspector general's report provide some details of what happened, but important questions remain.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 05/10/2013

IRS targeting of political groups might be one of agency's 'deadly sins'

The targeting of political organizations by the Internal Revenue Service might violate its "10 deadly sins."

By Joe Davidson  |  06:13 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/19/2013

IRS sets five specific furlough dates

The agency's acting commissioner sent a memo informing employees of five dates for sequester furloughs.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 04/04/2013

IRS may close around holidays to fulfill sequester furloughs

Union officials say the IRS may shut down entirely on certain days and pair its furloughs with federal holidays to create four-day weekends for affected employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:56 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Some technology wasted on IRS employees, audit finds

Some technology is provided to IRS employees without a documented need and is underused or not used at all, an audit has found.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air cards, BlackBerrys, government waste, information technology, irs