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*** Almost 400 jobs at the Office of Management and Budget have been approved for reclassification to Schedule F status, according to a letter from two senior House Democrats. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said that they have been alerted by the Government Accountability Office that the Office of Personnel Management had approved OMB's request to convert the positions to the new Schedule F status created by executive order in October. Under Schedule F, federal employees maintain few civil service protections and lose eligibility for union membership. The lawmakers are concerned that the Trump administration, with just hours left in office, will reclassify employees at OMB and possibly at other agencies.

"OMB's decision to implement Schedule F will only lead to additional protracted legal battles and a bureaucratic waste of government resources to the detriment of the vital operations of the agency," the lawmakers wrote. "In addition, it is simply cruel to strip federal employees, who have faithfully and consistently served the American public throughout the pandemic, of civil service protections."

*** The IRS is creating an online platform to allow taxpayers to directly file income reporting forms in the 1099 series directly with the agency. The new service is due to be in place by Jan. 1, 2023 under the Taxpayer First Act. The tax agency, in reply comments to a Government Accountability Office report, said the 1099 filing systems will serve as the basis for a larger information return modernization effort, and that a report to Congress on plans and the status of the project is forthcoming.

Posted on Jan 19, 2021 at 2:26 AM


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