Workforce

Temporary Excused Paid Leave sounds good but is hard to come by

Feds with dependent care responsibilities that stretch them to the breaking point have a stopgap once leave options are exhausted, but many agencies are reluctant to put it in play.

Digital Government

Agencies look to digital financial outlets to disburse relief funds

As IRS and the Small Business Administration tap digital-only financial firms to assist in relief funding, concerns are emerging about cybersecurity vulnerabilities and fraud.

Workforce

IRS outlines expanded flexible work schedule

The IRS, which is operating under an evacuation order that mandates telework for all eligible employees, released new guidance outlining its flexible work schedule policy.

Workforce

IRS wants $300 million for IT modernization in 2021

The agency is planning IT modernization and security initiatives while also adding more than 100 new special agents focused on cybercrime and virtual currencies.

Workforce

Shutdown threat stokes financial anxiety among feds

A new survey says annual leave, travel, spending are down as feds budget for furloughs or missing paychecks.

Cybersecurity

Cybercrime at the center of IRS investigations in 2019

Officials from the agency's criminal investigations unit touted a major shift over the past year towards multi-stakeholder partnerships to investigate cybercrime and cryptocurrencies in financial crime.

IT Modernization

Key EIS transition deadline looms

Agencies are entering a critical time for telecom transitions as March deadline to limit activity on an expiring contract vehicle approaches.

Cybersecurity

Cryptocurrency tracking improves -- but how?

The IRS and other tax enforcement agencies are touting big improvements in tracing the use of cryptocurrencies in tax evasion and other criminal schemes. They just don't want to talk about how.

Digital Government

Security, modernization and people are key IRS challenges

The IRS should focus the next year on modernizing IT, improving security controls for its primary e-filing tool, eliminating critical vulnerabilities in servers used for personal devices and addressing its "serious" human capital crisis, according to Treasury auditors.

IT Modernization

$341M telecom task order key to IRS modernization

The IRS plans to support modernization of customer-facing operations via its Enterprise Infrastructure Services buy.

IT Modernization

Two more big agencies issue EIS task orders

The Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service both signed off on EIS contracts last month.

IT Modernization

Treasury floats $1B cloud buy

The Department of Treasury has released a new acquisition road map designed to shepherd the IRS into the cloud era while emphasizing buying to support shared services.

Cybersecurity

IRS identity theft enforcement activities plummet

In the latest sign enforcement has taken a back seat, a new audit finds that new identity theft cases at the resource-strapped agency have dropped by at least 75% since 2013.

Cybersecurity

IRS spent $1.2 million on unused data security software, auditors say

In 2010, IRS began implementing a large data loss prevention solution to protect taxpayer data. Nearly a decade later, only one-third of the system is operational.

Acquisition

IRS tries agile acquisition for data tools

The first in a series of expected technology pilots at the agency will focus on robotic process and intelligent automation tools for contract data.

Digital Government

Watchdog urges IRS to expand e-filing

The inspector general at IRS wants the agency to ditch its error prone and largely manual process for examining amended individual tax returns and allow users to submit their changes through the same streamlined e-filing portal used for original returns.

Cybersecurity

Another year, another raft of IT security concerns for IRS

A 2018 audit found 14 new deficiencies related to information system security controls for the tax agency.

IT Modernization

Agencies seek betters ways to track past performance

Federal officials want new methods to get feedback on their vendors into the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System.

Workforce

New law brings big change to IRS in IT, cyber

A new law will implement a raft of technology and cybersecurity reforms at the IRS while also restoring hiring authorities that officials say are key to attracting qualified IT talent.

Digital Government

Your personal data is too public for agencies to verify

The widespread loss and theft of data on Americans has made a once popular form of remote identity proofing obsolete, and agencies need to start looking into other options.

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