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NTEU in the News

NTEU is not only a voice for federal employees on Capitol Hill, at the bargaining table and in the courts, but also in the media. Each day, NTEU takes the message of the importance of federal workers to newspapers, radio and television stations nationwide.

Here is a sampling of these newspaper articles, editorials and opinion pages. And don't forget to visit Month in Media for a round-up of media stories that mention NTEU.

NTEU Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor

Record long waits hurt taxpayers, Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, April 17, 2015

Abysmal Tax Season, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, (Fayetteville), April 17, 2015

IRS Employees Have Cooperated, Wall Street Joutrnal, Feb. 13, 2015

IRS cuts trickle down, Washington Post, Dec. 21, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service Isn’t at All Like Enron, Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2013

Are federal workers fairly paid? Washington Post, Nov. 22, 2012

Radio & TV Interviews

The DHS needs a morale boost, (NPR), Feb. 23, 2015

IRS budget cuts affect customer service, Federal News Radio, Jan. 27, 2015

Positive PR for feds – Radio Interview
, Federal News Radio, Aug. 29, 2014

President Kelley on the IRS Budget Cuts, Federal News Radio, June 20, 2014

WJLA-TV, Washington, Oct. 10, 2013

WJLA-TV, (Washington, D.C.) Oct. 4, 2013  

New bill aims to improve oversight of FEHBP prescription drug benefits, Federal News Radio, May 18, 2015

New bill aims to cut prescription drug costs for feds, Federal Times, May 18, 2015

House drops TSP tax penalty for retired federal officers, Federal Times, May 13, 2015

IRS Jobs Drop 27% in State, Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.), May 6, 2015

U.S. one of only two nations without guaranteed paid maternity leave, Deseret (Salt Lake City, Utah) News, May 13, 2015

How One Lawmaker Wants to Make Feds’ Prescription Drugs Cheaper, Government Executive, May 4, 2015

House bill would lower healthcare costs for feds under FEHBP, Fierce Government, May 4, 2015


Budget plan calls for $194 billion in unidentified cuts to federal workforce, Federal Diary (Washington Post), April 30, 2015

Two decades after Oklahoma City bombing, the crime still sears workers, Washington Post, April 19, 2015

20 years after Oklahoma City bombing, scars remain, Federal Times, April 17, 2015

Record long waits hurt taxpayers: Letter, Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, April 17, 2015

Taxpayer Services Budget Cuts Affect Taxpayers, KOGO Radio, San Diego, Calif., April 15, 2015

Abysmal Tax Season, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, (Fayetteville), April 17, 2015

How to Prepare for a Retirement Storm, Government Executive, April 16, 2015

IRS, union say it needs more workers to do the job right, The (Bergen, N.J.) Record, April 13, 2015

Why you may not have received your federal tax refund yet, Christian Science Monitor, April 12, 2015

Long lines, daunting waits frustrate taxpayers needing help, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), April 10, 2015

IRS Offices Running out of Tax Forms, Accounting Today, April 9, 2015

IRS: Budget cuts, reduced staffing mean delays, headaches for taxpayers, Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune, April 8, 2015

IRS Employees Say they are Unfairly Blamed for Deteriorating Service Caused by 5 Straight Years of Budget Cuts,, April 8, 2015

An Emotional Audit: IRS Workers Are Miserable, Overwhelmed, BloombergBusiness, April 8, 2015

A standard dejection in the IRS help line, Washington Post, April 8, 2015

IRS budget cuts hurting customer service, Detroit News, April 7, 2015

Louisiana's IRS workforce down 22 percent since 2011, The (New Orleans, La.) Times-Picayune, April 7, 2015

NTEU: IRS overwhelmed this tax season due to budget cuts, Fierce Government, April 7, 2015

Tax Season 2015: IRS Cutbacks Cripple Taxpayer Services For Poor, Elderly, International Business Times, April 7, 2015

IRS budget cuts create ‘abysmal level of service,’ Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta, April 7, 2015

Declining IRS workforce leaves calls unanswered as Tax Day approaches, union says, Federal Eye (Washington Post), April 6, 2015

Declining IRS Workforce Leaving Calls Unanswered, Accounting Today, April 6, 2015

Union leader 'surprised' IRS can't get funding, The Hill, April 6, 2015

Union: IRS Budget Cuts Hurt Workforce, Customer Service, Government Executive, April 6, 2015

NTEU to Congress: You can't starve the IRS, Federal News Radio, April 7, 2015

Stopping Budget Cuts Is Critical for IRS Operations, Kelley Says, Tax Notes Today, April 7, 2015


Kelley of the Treasury Employees Union to retire in August, People’s World, March 25, 2015

Taxes From A To Z (2015): K Is For Koskinen,
March 20, 2015

Error in House budget understated spending cuts by $900 million, Federal Eye (Washington Post), March 19, 2015

IRS says budget cuts will not require furloughs after all, Associated Press, March 18, 2015

IRS Calls off Employee Furloughs, Accounting Today, March 18, 2015

NTEU: IRS won't have to furlough employees for two days, Fierce Government, March 18, 2015

IRS Won’t Have to Furlough Employees After All, Commissioner Says, Government Executive, March 18, 2015

IRS Calls off Employee Furloughs, Accounting Today, March 18, 2015

House GOP budget plan hits feds in their pocketbooks, Washington Post, March 17, 2015

Colleen Kelley, ‘strong champion’ for feds, to retire as union president, Federal Diary (Washington Post), March 8, 2015

NTEU's Kelley to retire,, March 4, 2015

NTEU president to retire after 16 years as head of federal union, Federal Eye (Washington Post), March 4, 2015

NTEU President Colleen Kelley to retire, Federal News Radio, March 4, 2015

Long-Serving NTEU President Announces Retirement, Government Executive, March 4, 2015

Westerman pushing federal pension cut, Arkansas News, March 5, 2015

NTEU president Colleen Kelley to step down, Federal Times, March 4, 2015

Treasury union president to retire in 2015, Associated Press, March 5, 2015

Funding Impasse Is Already Disrupting DHS Operations, GovExec, March 2, 2015


Congress passes one-week extension of funding for Homeland Security, Buffalo (N.Y.) News, Feb. 27, 2015

Cutting IRS staff leads to cutting taxpayer services and collections, Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2015

Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay, Federal News Radio, Feb. 25

Local impacts if funding for Department of Homeland
Security isn’t approved
, WIVB-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.), Feb. 25

Senate plans vote on funding bill to avert DHS shutdown, Federal Times, Feb. 25

Bipartisan bill would provide back pay in event of Homeland Security shutdown, Washington Post, Feb. 25

The DHS needs a morale boost, (NPR), Feb. 23, 2015

DHS hurtles toward shutdown as funding bill stalls, Federal Times, Feb. 23, 2015

IG Backs IRS on Performance Award Limits,, Feb. 23, 2015

IRS lost $6B to identity theft tax fraud, finds audit, Fierce Government, Feb. 23, 2015

DHS staff would remain on job with no pay if Congress does not fund agency, Federal Diary (Washington Post), Feb. 22, 2015

Union head urges end to DHS funding standoff, FederalSoup,
Feb. 17, 2015

Transit Benefits, Cutting Contractor Pay, Collective Bargaining and More, Government Executive, Feb. 18, 2015

IRS Employees Have Cooperated, Wall Street Joutrnal, Feb. 13, 2015

Aggressive Lobbying on Pay Issues, Veterans Suicide Prevention and More, GovExec, Feb. 12, 2015

Obama budget points to fall in federal pay compared with private sector, Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2015

Chaffetz supports federal pay raise but isn’t sure ‘what the right number is,’ Bloomberg BNA, Feb. 6, 2015


Democrat bill would give federal workers paid parental leave, Federal Eye, Jan. 26, 2015

IRS budget cuts affect customer service, Federal News Radio, Jan. 27, 2015

Cost of transit commuting unpredictable for federal workers, Baltimore Sun, Jan. 16. 2015

IRS shutdown possible amid budget cuts, agency chief says, Federal Eye (Washington Post), Jan. 16, 2015

Obama authorizes up to six weeks of paid parental leave for feds, Federal News Radio, Jan. 15, 2015

IRS Hits Filing Season Feeling Stretched Beyond Capacity, Government Executive, Jan. 14, 2015

Deteriorating IRS Service Causes Pain for Taxpayers, Report Says, BloombergBusinessweek, Jan. 14, 2015

Taxpayer Advocate Report Highlights Decline in Taxpayer Services, Promotes Taxpayer Bill of Rights, Accounting Today, Jan. 14, 2015

It will take more than a high-powered memo to fix federal employee morale, Federal Diary (Washington Post), Jan. 14, 2015

NTEU Backs Federal Employee Pay Raise Bills, Credit Union Times, Jan. 14, 2015

Report: Congressional budget cuts devastating IRS, Federal Times, Jan. 14, 2015

Koskinen: Furloughs possible for IRS employees, Federal News Radio, Jan. 14, 2015

IRS chief warns of refund delays, poor customer service this tax year, KSAZ-TV (Fox), Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 14, 2015

IRS Head Says Budget Cuts Could Force 2-Day Agency Shutdown,, Jan. 13, 2015

IRS to lose tax collectors, do fewer audits in 2015, USA TODAY, Jan. 13, 2015

IRS: Budget cuts could cause agency shutdown, The Hill, Jan. 13, 2015

IRS Will Shut Last Overseas Taxpayer-Assistance Centers, Bloomberg, Jan. 14, 2015

House, Senate bills push for 3.8 percent federal pay raise, Federal News Radio, Jan. 13, 2015

Federal pay raise just two weeks away, Federal Times, Dec. 30, 2014

Obama Executive Orders Gives Pay Increases to 'Certain' Federal Employees Before Going On Vacation, Latin Post,
Dec. 29, 2014







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