Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services and collections

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IRS officials tell Congress about stark reductions in taxpayer services because of staff and budget cuts.

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      The Democrat-sponsored legislation would put lawmakers’ salaries in an escrow account until the potential Homeland Security shutdown ends.

        Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services

        IRS budget cuts and staff reductions have led to poor service for taxpayers, writes Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson.

          Investigators probing for criminal activity with Lois Lerner’s missing emails

          “There is potential criminal activity,” a top investigator with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration testified on Thursday.

            Key senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general

            Among the bill’s proposals, it would allow inspectors general to subpoena testimony from federal contractors, grant recipients and former employees.

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              Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services and collections

              IRS officials tell Congress about stark reductions in taxpayer services because of staff and budget cuts.

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              FILE - In this May 29, 2014 file photo, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. speaks Capitol Hill in Washington. Fewer veterans are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that plagued  VA facilities nationwide. In fact, so few veterans are signing up for the much-ballyhooed Choice cards that allow access to private health care that the Veterans Affairs Department says it wants to redirect some of the $10 billion Congress allocated for the program. Republicans say the VA should do a better job selling the choice program. Lawmakers also want to address a quirk in the law that makes it harder for veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA clinic. The government measure the distance as the crow flies, rather than driving miles, leaving thousands of veterans out of the choice program.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

              House chairman leads agency employee changes that could be government-wide template.

              DHS staff would remain on job with no pay if Congress does not fund agency

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              In the Loop

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              Fine Print

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              The U.S. needs to answer a crucial question: Who will fill the vacuum when the extremists are defeated?

              Back to the future on nuclear spending?

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              Seeking a strategy-driven defense budget

              Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, listens during a hearing with former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and Madeline Albright, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The hearing was titled 'Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** John McCain

              FINE PRINT | Increase in defense spending plan is meant to assist in many foreign challenges.

              The High Court

              Intense fight over Obamacare extends to those named in the challenge

              This photo taken Oct. 3, 2014 shows the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court handed down opinions in three cases Tuesday and declined to hear arguments in dozens more.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

              Would the four plaintiffs really suffer the specific injuries that federal courts are empowered to correct?

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              Justices framing the question on gay marriage

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              On Friday, they agreed to hear arguments and set the table for what some see as a narrowed focus.

              The Federal Coach

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              Six words might decide the fate of Obamacare at the Supreme Court

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              Pot became legal in D.C. today. Does anything change for federal workers?

              Pot became legal in D.C. today. Does anything change for federal workers?

              A Reagan-era executive order requires the federal workplace and workforce to be drug-free. The rules are especially strict for personnel with security clearances.

              This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down

              This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down

              The Democrat-sponsored legislation would put lawmakers’ salaries in an escrow account until the potential Homeland Security shutdown ends.

              What’s in a name? A lot, the Supreme Court says.

              What’s in a name? A lot, the Supreme Court says.

              The Supreme Court momentarily puts the wrong Goldberg in a court hearing.

              Obamacare could end John Roberts’s nonpartisan dream for the court

              Obamacare could end John Roberts’s nonpartisan dream for the court

              He labors to keep the justices united so they don’t look political. The new case makes that extremely difficult.

              Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services

              Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services

              IRS budget cuts and staff reductions have led to poor service for taxpayers, writes Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson.

              Investigators probing for criminal activity with Lois Lerner’s missing emails

              Investigators probing for criminal activity with Lois Lerner’s missing emails

              “There is potential criminal activity,” a top investigator with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration testified on Thursday.

              Column

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              In the Loop: Portrait of (a younger) Eric Holder

              As the attorney general prepares to depart, a very special guest will help unveil his official painting.

              Key senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general

              Key senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand powers of inspectors general

              Among the bill’s proposals, it would allow inspectors general to subpoena testimony from federal contractors, grant recipients and former employees.

              Keeping watch over Health and Human Services

              Keeping watch over Health and Human Services

              Inspector General Daniel Levinson talks about the leadership lessons he’s learned in a decade on the job.

              Tonya Proctor: Providing help for the homeless

              Tonya Proctor: Providing help for the homeless

              She helps manage two major HUD grant programs that provide funds to communities.

              Holder’s official portrait to be unveiled while he’s still there -- it’s been ready for years

              Holder’s official portrait to be unveiled while he’s still there -- it’s been ready for years

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              Where would Ronald Reagan fall on the GOP meter?

              Where would Ronald Reagan fall on the GOP meter?

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              Supreme Court seems to side with Muslim woman in discrimination case

              Supreme Court seems to side with Muslim woman in discrimination case

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              Bipartisan bill would provide back pay in event of Homeland Security shutdown

              Bipartisan bill would provide back pay in event of Homeland Security shutdown

              About 85 percent of Homeland Security’s roughly 240,000 employees would have to work without pay in the event of a shutdown.

              Split Supreme Court sides with fisherman in grouper-tossing case

              Split Supreme Court sides with fisherman in grouper-tossing case

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              Flash Sale: ‘Ready for Hillary’ swag now at 40 percent off!

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              Giuliani, after saying Obama didn’t ‘love America,’ takes time to chill

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              After saying President Obama didn’t “love this country,” Rudy Giuliani gets in some beach time.

              VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

              VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

              Rep. Jeff Miller is using his House chairmanship to remake the civil service at the Department of Veterans Affairs one step at a time.

              Secret Service conducting drone exercises in U.S. capital region

              Secret Service conducting drone exercises in U.S. capital region

              The Secret Service announced the exercises Tuesday but provided few details about them and declined to answer basic questions about the program.

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              A brief history of the ‘gotcha question’

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              Supreme Court to hear case of woman who wasn’t hired because of head scarf

              Supreme Court to hear case of woman who wasn’t hired because of head scarf

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              Kerry names special envoy for LGBT rights

              Kerry names special envoy for LGBT rights

              Randy Berry, an openly gay Foreign Service officer, will be the nation’s “heart and conscience” on equality.

              Fighting the Islamic States involves more than just boots on the ground

              Fighting the Islamic States involves more than just boots on the ground

              The U.S. needs to answer a crucial question: Who will fill the vacuum when the extremists are defeated?

              High court divided on refusal of a visa to a U.S. citizen’s Afghan spouse

              High court divided on refusal of a visa to a U.S. citizen’s Afghan spouse

              The woman wants to know the reason why her husband’s application was denied.

              Documentary about VA crisis hotline was among Oscar winners

              The HBO documentary “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” won an Oscar for best short documentary. The 40-minute film captures responders reacting to complex calls from troubled veterans.

              DHS staff would remain on the job with no pay if Congress does not fund agency

              DHS staff would remain on the job with no pay if Congress does not fund agency

              Congressional impasse leaves funding for DHS uncertain, but staffers would continue working with no pay until budget dispute is resolved.

              Holder may be “outgoing” -- but not before heading to a mega legal-business gabfest in London this week.

              Holder may be “outgoing” -- but not before heading to a mega legal-business gabfest in London this week.

              Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder stays on top of things this week at a business/legal confab in London

              Why Congress doesn’t need to shut down Homeland Security this week

              Why Congress doesn’t need to shut down Homeland Security this week

              A federal court decision gave Republicans what they wanted for the time being, temporarily blocking Obama’s immigration actions.

              Intense fight over Obamacare extends to those named in the challenge

              Intense fight over Obamacare extends to those named in the challenge

              Would the four plaintiffs really suffer the specific injuries that federal courts are empowered to correct?