Acquisition

This year's Sammies includes a special COVID response category

Partnership for Public Service announced the 29 finalists for its annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

Workforce

Union touts productivity gains from telework

Feds overwhelmingly want to keep the ability to telework additional days each week, according to the results of a survey released by the National Treasury Employees Union.

Digital Government

IRS plots $2.6B IT services consolidation

The tax agency plans to combine its modernization and sustainment contracts into a single task order on a governmentwide acquisition contract as it pushes ahead with the replacement of legacy systems.

Workforce

D.C. extends COVID vaccines to essential feds but worries continue for far-flung federal workforce

Some agencies have been vaccinating their employees directly, but others haven't. The National Treasury Employee Union wants IRS to secure vaccine allotments for in-person workers nationwide.

Cybersecurity

IRS IG: No taxpayer data exposed by hack

The IRS inspector general's letter to lawmakers backs up a statement offered by a senior Democratic senator earlier this week.

IT Modernization

How COVID-19 accelerated IT modernization

As previous IT investments proved their worth in 2020, the pandemic is prompting agencies to accelerate their modernization efforts

Workforce

NTEU looks for a 'fresh start' for federal employees under Biden

The union's blueprint for immediate action joins with NAPA's working group on the federal workforce in calling for the next director of OPM to abandon a regulation-heavy approach.

Acquisition

Virtual industry days are here to stay

Federal agency virtual industry days are probably now a permanent part of the acquisition toolkit, according to practitioners.

Cybersecurity

IRS modernization still lacks funding

The tax agency is pursuing two modernization plans but lacks funds from Congress to fully implement replacement for 60-year-old systems.

IT Modernization

A call for visionary investment

Investing in IT modernization is not an either-or proposition, Rep. Connolly writes. This pandemic has presented Congress a choice: We can put our head in the sand and pretend these failures didn't happen, or we can take action to be prepared for the future.

Workforce

Senators push to make payroll tax deferral optional for feds, service members

Lawmakers are concerned about potential consequences of a mandatory tax deferral being rolled out by the Trump administration.

IT Modernization

IRS legacy system problems could be worse than advertised

A new watchdog report finds additional systems and applications that would be considered legacy under the IT organization's own definition, and hundreds more that might or might not.

IT Modernization

Hoyer pitches $2B compromise for TMF

The House Majority leader is looking to sell lawmakers in both parties on a major uptick in funding for the Technology Modernization Fund that focuses on IRS modernization.

Digital Government

Digital government: the vital prerequisite to a 'new normal'

As the dust settles and pandemic restrictions ease in the coming months, government agencies have a prime opportunity to shift from a state of reactivity to proactivity.

Cybersecurity

IRS gets high marks for fraud and identity theft initiatives

A layered approach combining software, public-private partnerships and innovative pilot programs have saved billions of dollars from ending up in the hands of criminals and fraudsters, according to a new audit.

Acquisition

CARES Act delivery hampered by old tech, bad data

Aspects of the federal government's economic response to the coronavirus pandemic were marred by outdated state technology software and a crushing volume of beneficiaries that overwhelmed many systems, according to a new report from the watchdog Government Accountability Office.

Digital Government

Federal CX in the age of COVID-19

Government agencies have also had to shift in significant ways to operate in this unique environment and interact with citizens differently.

Old tech can help IRS catch wealthy tax cheats

The IRS’ legacy tech is effective at flagging high-income taxpayers who skip filing, but a lack of staff and low prioritization is leaving billions on the table.

Cybersecurity

CDC, IRS and other federal sites spoofed in global phishing scams

New research from Proofpoint has identified numerous phishing email campaigns over the past two months, some of which impersonated and spoofed websites from federal agencies, international governments and public health organizations involved in COVID-19 relief.

Workforce

IRS recalls certain mission-critical employees for tax season

The tax agency is putting distancing measures into place and requiring employees to wear face coverings on the job.

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