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Mallory Barg Bulman: What’s in new IRS new strategy to boost tax filing compliance, answer public’s questions
In the News

April 12, 2018

Whatever other problems the IRS has had, in the past two years it has been able to boost the rate of voluntary taxpayer filing compliance. Understanding how it was able to do so will be important to dealing with next year’s filing period, when the agency and taxpayers will be dealing with a whole new set of tax laws. Mallory Barg Bulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin with highlights of a detailed analysis of the IRS strategy published April 12.

Federal News Radio


Republicans’ grand hypocrisy on partisan hiring
In the News

April 11, 2018

It seems like just yesterday that Republicans were assailing the FBI for pro-Hillary Clinton bias. You remember the infamous memo put out by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) accusing the FBI of anti-Trump bias, citing the exchanges between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page criticizing then-candidate Donald Trump. On Fox News, in hearings and in public appearances, Republicans have ranted about allowing agents who favored Clinton in the election to work on the Russia investigation. Republican gadflies such as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) went after FBI Director Christopher A. Wray in December: “There are all kinds of people on Mueller’s team who are pro-Clinton,” Jordan said. “If he did [remove] everyone on the Mueller team who’s anti-Trump, I don’t think there’d be any guy left. There’s got to be something more here.”

The Washington Post


Senate ready to change the rules to speed up Trump nominees
In the News

April 11, 2018

Senate Republicans, frustrated by delaying tactics imposed by Democrats on President Trump’s judicial and executive branch nominees, are on the verge of altering the Senate rules in order to speed up the process.

The Washington Examiner


Midterms could slow Labor nominee confirmations
In the News

April 10, 2018

The approaching midterm elections could impair Senate Republicans’ efforts to get several of President Donald Trump’s nominees, including labor candidates, confirmed quickly, political observers told Bloomberg Law.

Bloomberg Law


Trump says veterans wait too long for health care. VA’s 33,000 vacancies might have something to do with that.
In the News

April 10, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs, facing intense scrutiny amid reports of widespread dysfunction and a push by the Trump administration to outsource more medical care, has tens of thousands of full- and part-time vacancies nationwide, according to data compiled by veterans advocates, lawmakers and federal unions.

The Washington Post


The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt's troubles have no easy remedy
In the News

April 09, 2018

Dozens of Democrats in Congress are demanding it. So are a handful of Republicans. White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly apparently wants it, too.

The Washington Post


Senate braces for showdown over Trump’s nominees
In the News

April 08, 2018

The Senate is barreling toward a showdown over President Trump’s latest Cabinet shuffle, with three critical departments looking for new leaders and more that could follow.

The Hill


Trump administration plans major overhaul of civil service system, but no specifics yet
In the News

April 06, 2018

The Trump administration has big plans to completely overhaul the civil service system, a herculean task that would affect 2 million federal employees, from hiring to firing (or a more amicable workplace separation).

The Washington Post


What do government HR professionals need to know? This clinic laid it out
In the News

April 06, 2018

The Health and Human Services Department recently hosted its first ever Human Resources (HR) Clinic at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The two-day HHS HR Clinic served as an opportunity for HR professionals to learn how to incorporate HHS priorities into daily HR functions; build relationships and network with other HR professionals; and discuss best practices.

GovLoop


VA’s interim leadership faces legitimacy questions
In the News

April 02, 2018

Did he quit or was he fired? That’s the central question regarding the departure of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. The legitimacy of acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie serving in that position could turn on the answer.

Government Executive


New report helps explain Trump World’s many vetting failures
In the News

April 02, 2018

There are 652 key positions in the executive branch that require Senate confirmation, and as of this morning, Donald Trump’s White House hasn’t nominated anyone for one-third of those posts. Making matters slightly worse, when the president does choose people for vacancies, it often seems as if the White House hasn’t made any serious attempt at vetting these nominees before they reach Capitol Hill for consideration.

MSNBC


Trump blames 'disgraceful' Democrats for stonewalling confirmation of administration officials
In the News

April 02, 2018

President Trump slammed "disgraceful" Democratic senators on Monday for holding up the confirmation of key officials to his administration.

The Washington Examiner


Shulkin says he did not leave office willingly, setting up fight over his successor
In the News

April 01, 2018

Former veterans affairs secretary David Shulkin said Sunday that he did not voluntarily leave his office, clashing with the White House’s description of his exit and adding to questions about who will run the department until a new secretary is confirmed.

The Washington Post


Hired and fired: The unprecedented turnover of the Trump administration
In the News

March 31, 2018

President Trump’s record-breaking staff churn continues, with departures of top officials becoming routine. It has not been this way in past administrations.

The New York Times


Federal workers spill on life in Trump's Washington
In the News

March 30, 2018

One Health and Human Services employee swore off online dating after potential suitors repeatedly got upset that he worked for the Trump administration. An Education Department fellow eagerly returned to teaching after listening to Betsy DeVos bash public schools. And one Environmental Protection Agency official said staffers are distraught at having to personally dismantle regulations they spent years crafting.

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