Colleen M. Kelley
December 2010: '"Since 2003, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has used FCIP as its exclusive method for hiring all incoming customs and border protection officers," Maureen Gilman, legislative director of the National Treasury Employees Union, told Congress in May. Colleen M. Kelley, that union's president, said in a statement Saturday that "The current program circumvents merit principles and veteran's preference."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/25/AR2010122502099.html
April 2008: '"This is a waste of taxpayers' money, and it could be much better spent if it were given to the IRS to hire more employees," said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 85,000 employees at the IRS. The union's PAC has given federal candidates and officeholders more than $2.8 million since 1995.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/14/AR2008041402808.html
April 2007: Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said that her group is concerned about possible fraud. But she noted that the Metrochek program 'fills a number of vital needs, including helping federal workers with their commuting costs and assisting in efforts to reduce the amount of traffic.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/23/AR2007042301563.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Organization May 6, 2004 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Organization May 6, 2004
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 15, 2011 Unions Woo Airport Security Screeners
QUOTE: “There are no work floor regulations for us so when there’s an issue, management’s attitude is: ‘It’s our way or the highway...'”Many T.S.A. employees hope a union will help change the agency’s system for determining how workers get raises, a system they say is opaque and riddled with favoritism.
New York Times Dec 26, 2010 Obama to shut down Federal Career Intern Program
QUOTE: President Obama plans to issue an executive order, perhaps as early as this week, ending a federal internship program that critics say circumvents proper hiring practices. Since it began in 2001, the Federal Career Intern Program has been used to hire more than 100,000 people - few of them interns as traditionally understood and many of them border and customs officers who later became permanent-status federal employees
Washington Post Apr 15, 2008 Collectors Cost IRS More Than They Raise
QUOTE: The Internal Revenue Service expects to lose more than $37 million by using private debt collectors to pursue tax scofflaws through a program that has outraged consumers and led to charges on Capitol Hill that the agency is wasting money for work that IRS agents could do more effectively.
Washington Post Apr 24, 2007 GAO Finds Fraud in Commuter Program: Federal Workers Selling Transit Cards
QUOTE: Employees have taken the benefit vouchers, known locally as Metrocheks, and turned them into a kind of black-market currency, selling them -- often at a discount off the face value -- to buyers who can use them to ride Metro, regional buses or commuter railroads.
Washington Post Mar 07, 2007 Personnel Issues Find an Audience on Capitol Hill
QUOTE: At the appropriations hearing, union representatives said they were concerned that the salaries of many federal employees keep falling behind those in the private sector...Rep. José E. Serrano (D-N.Y.), the chairman, and other panel members questioned the Bush administration's outsourcing initiative and asked what can be done to improve federal hiring practices.
Washington Post Jan 12, 2007 Agents Say Fast Audits Hurt I.R.S.
QUOTE: Top officials at the Internal Revenue Service are pushing agents to prematurely close audits of big companies with agreements to have them pay only a fraction of the additional taxes that could be collected, according to dozens of I.R.S. employees who say that the policy is costing the government billions of dollars a year....[agents] said a policy intended to avoid delays in auditing corporations was being pushed so rigidly that it prevented them from pursuing numerous examples of questionable corporate tax deductions.
New York Times Sep 07, 2006 Spending Tax Dollars to Collect Them
QUOTE: The IRS, under a project authorized by the 2004 American Jobs Creation Act to collect delinquent tax bills, has been forced to hire private collection agencies to do a job the agency could do for much less. Isn't outsourcing supposed to save money?
Washington Post Jul 23, 2006 I.R.S. to Cut Tax Auditors
QUOTE: The federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service ...a veteran I.R.S. estate tax lawyer...called the cuts a “back-door way for the Bush administration to achieve what it cannot get from Congress, which is repeal of the estate tax.”
New York Times Jun 15, 2006 Hold That Back-Tax Chase
QUOTE: Two years ago, Congress authorized the Internal Revenue Service to hire private debt collectors to find individual taxpayers who acknowledge that they owe taxes but have not paid up...the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment...that would prohibit the IRS from setting up the program.
Washington Post Mar 08, 2006 Retirement Fund Tapped to Avoid National Debt Limit
QUOTE: The Treasury Department has started drawing from the civil service pension fund to avoid hitting the $8.2 trillion national debt limit. The move to tap the pension fund follows last month's decision to suspend investments in a retirement savings plan held by government employees.
Washington Post Aug 14, 2005 Judge Blocks Homeland Security's New Work Rules
QUOTE: A federal judge has blocked the Bush administration's plans to revise personnel and pay rules at the Department of Homeland Security, saying the government-wide change of labor rules fails to protect workers' right to bargain collectively.
Washington Post Jan 27, 2005 Civil Service System on Way Out at DHS: White House Wants All Agencies to Have Option of Setting Own Personnel Policies
QUOTE: The Bush administration unveiled a new personnel system for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday that will dramatically change the way workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined -- and soon the White House will ask Congress to grant all federal agencies similar authority to rewrite civil service rules governing their employees.
Washington Post Oct 05, 2004 Partisan Politics at Work Criticized: Federal Employees Used as a 'Prop' in Bush Reelection Campaign in Violation of Hatch Act, Union Charges
QUOTE: ...federal employees cannot engage in political activity while on duty, use their official authority to influence an election, solicit money for a partisan candidate or run as a candidate for partisan office.
Washington Post Apr 10, 2004 Groups Applaud Discrimination Ban: Agency Restored Protection for Gays
QUOTE: Gay rights groups and labor leaders yesterday hailed as long overdue a federal agency chief's decision to reinstate a ban on discrimination against federal employees on the basis of sexual orientation.
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