John Koskinen

  • Y2K offers lessons for cybersecurity

    One cyber bill before Congress would create a cyber committee much like the Y2K Conversion committee to help deal with cybersecurity issues. John Koskinen, former chairman of the Council on Year 2000 Conversion, tells us how his committee was set up and why it was successful.

  • Koskinen: Assume no shutdown, but prepare for one

    Both political parties are making a ”good faith effort” to avoid a shutdown, but agencies should still have a plan in place in case Congress cannot reach a compromise to fund government, said John Koskinen, the former deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget during the last partial government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996,

  • Koskinen: Logistics of a shutdown

    If a shutdown does happen, feds will be faced with logistical nightmare. John Koskinen, an executive with Freddie Mac and former Deputy Director for Management at OMB,shares his experience during the 1995-96 shutdown.

  • Obama picks restructuring expert Koskinen to take over IRS

    President Barack Obama is nominating retired corporate restructuring expert John Koskinen to take over the Internal Revenue Service, which is under fire for its screening of political groups.

  • Who is John Koskinen?

    John Koskinen was named as President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the IRS. His ties to Washington, D.C. and public service go back many years.

  • IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for budget increase

    John Koskinen, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service, pledged to restore public trust in the agency following the recent uproar over revelations of purported political bias by IRS employees. Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning, Koskinen also said he’d work to turn around the declining employee morale.

  • IRS Chief of Staff Todd Grams retiring

    Todd Grams, the chief of staff of the Internal Revenue Service, announced Friday he’s retiring after 34 years of federal service, according to a note to staff obtained by Federal News Radio. Grams was named IRS chief of staff in June at the request of Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel in the wake of a leadership shakeup following revelations the agency had improperly targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

  • Report: Budget, training cuts put IRS ‘at risk’

    In an annual report to Congress, the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, wrote that the IRS faces “unstable and chronic underfunding that puts at risk the IRS’s ability to meet its current responsibilities, much less articulate and achieve the necessary transformation to an effective, modern tax agency.”

  • IRS chief: No furloughs this year

    The head of the Internal Revenue Service said the agency isn’t planning any employee furloughs this year, even though Congress decided not to restore funding to the agency that had been lost due to the across-the-board sequestration cuts. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the budget crunch, though, would mean taxpayers will see a decline in services.

  • New IRS chief says budget crunch, understaffing taking its toll

    John Koskinen, sworn in as IRS commissioner in late December, has been meeting with frontline employees and crunching numbers for the last several weeks. He told Congress Wednesday that every corner of the agency is underfunded, and as a direct result, the Treasury is collecting fewer dollars than it should.