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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 4, 2013
eral workers placed on furlough status during the shutdown were considered to be unemployed---and therefore might be eligible for unemployment compensation. However, in the letter issued Oct. 24, DOL noted that because the continuing resolution that took effect Oct. 17 fully compensated furloughed employees, those employees "now must be considered to have been in pay status from October 1, 2013, until the end of the lapse in appro- priations" (Oct. 17). Accordingly, the letter said, states must "initiate all overpayment recov- ery actions permitted under the UCFE [Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees] program for furloughed fed- eral workers covering the period for which those workers received retroactive pay..." While state law determines eligibility for UCFE, states administer the program as agents of the federal government. See the letter at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/direc- tives/attach/UIPL/UIPL_31_13_chg1.pdf. IRS contractors include tax delinquents A new report shows that hundreds of Internal Revenue Service contract employees are not held to the IRS's own internal requirements to file federal tax returns on time and pay federal tax debt. The study, released late last month by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, outlines the results of a TIGTA review conducted to determine how effective the IRS background investi- gation process is in identifying contractor employees who do not file required federal tax returns, or who owe federal taxes but are not currently on a payment plan. IRS rules require all IRS employees and con- tract employees to file federal tax returns on time and pay any federal tax debt. TIGTA found that as of mid-June 2012, 691 of the 13,591 IRS contractor employ- ees it reviewed had a total $5.4 million in federal tax debt. At least 319 of those had tax debt assessed after they were granted staff-like access and were not on a pay- ment plan, and therefore under IRS rules should not have had access to IRS facili- ties, systems and data. "Because many contractor employ- ees have access to sensitive IRS systems and facilities, the IRS should address tax noncompliance for these employees in a similar manner as it would for its own employees," said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Commenting on the study, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley noted that for IRS employ- ees, penalties for noncompliance can be harsh. "Employees are held to a very strict standard, even in cases of personal hard- With our new FEP BlueDental® plan, you'll have plenty to smile about. Like fully covered preventive and diagnostic services within a national network of over 85,000 dentists and specialty care providers. FEP BlueDental® is part of the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) Get Blue for your pearly whites. No Deductibles Most Services Orthodontia Coverage Easy Claims Peace of Mind Large Network Product Options Free Cleanings Open Season runs November 11 -- December 9 Call 1-855-504-BLUE or visit FEPBlueDental.FEPblue.org continued on page 6 November 4, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 16 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3
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