Over the last couple of years, I have pinged CIOs multiple times regarding their view of data governance. It has been amazing to watch how much it has morphed over the last few years…as clearly evidenced by recent discussions among senior tech leaders in our weekly #CIOChat Twitter chat.What topics should an effective data governance process address?CIOs today have thought through data governance. One CIO suggested immediately that data governance needs to answer the following business questions: What data do I have? Where is that data? What do we need data for? Who has access and owns the data? How do we control, protect and maintain data? Given a maturing perspective regarding data governance, I was not surprised when CIOs provided me a long list of things to be considered in an effective data governance program: Data ownership Data architecture Data accessibility Data usage Data security and privacy Data classification Data quality Meta data management/master data/data … [Read more...] about Why data governance matters – and who should own it?
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Fewer than half of the IRS employees who have been recalled to work without pay during the government shutdown returned to their jobs as of Tuesday, congressional and government aides say. The official start of the tax filing season is Monday, and the Trump administration had said that taxpayers owed refunds would receive them on time—despite a shutdown that entered its 35th day on Friday. But about 14,000 recalled employees (out of the 26,000 who have been recalled) haven't reported to work, IRS officials told House committee staffers Thursday. Around 5,000 of them have sought permission under their union contract to be absent because of financial hardship. The remaining 9,000 couldn't be reached by IRS managers.The roughly 12,000 employees who have returned to the job are working without pay.The many employees staying off the job, some with managers' approval under their contract, makes the possibility of delayed tax refunds loom larger. Already the partial government … [Read more...] about More than half of IRS workers recalled to process tax returns stayed home
With IRS tax filing kicking off on Monday, brace yourself for a tricky tax season. It's the first year that taxpayers will be filing under the massive tax law overhaul pushed through by the Trump administration. And a month-long partial shutdown of the federal government threatens to complicate things further for some.The Trump administration has promised taxpayers will receive their refunds on time. Yet some IRS workers who have been called back to work during the furlough -- on an unpaid basis -- are asking to be excused from work because of financial hardship. That's raising questions about how the tax season and refund timing will unfold. Tax filing officially opens for individuals on Monday, Jan. 28. Here's what you need to know:Q. I still have to pay my taxes, right?A. Yes. Despite the shutdown, tax laws remain in effect. Individuals and businesses should keep filing tax returns and making payments as required.The IRS began accepting business tax filings earlier this month … [Read more...] about Tax returns: How the government shutdown, new law will impact you
The Trump administration is pushing the legal boundaries of a government shutdown, fueling fears that the president is manipulating federal agencies and workers to soften the political blow against him. In recent days, agencies have called back to work thousands of furloughed federal employees, restarted services and pursued key policies at shuttered agencies. The activity has legal experts, administration officials and veterans of past shutdowns questioning what actually constitutes a government shutdown if the administration can simply resurrect its preferred services and à la carte policy to-do list nearly a month after funding technically expired for several agencies.Story Continued Below So far, the Trump administration has continued to plow forward on its controversial immigration policies, brought back workers to ensure government assistance gets to farmers and ranchers — a key constituency — and is weighing whether to recall workers would could assist in the … [Read more...] about Trump taps free government labor to execute political agenda
Americans are used to procrastinating when it comes to their taxes. This year, tax filing season is expected to get an even bigger delay—thanks to the government shutdown. The Internal Revenue Service is one of the many agencies shut down since Dec. 22. Only 12 percent of its staff are working (without pay), mostly focused on security and technology. The agency is not issuing refunds, updating tax forms or answering phone help lines, according to its shutdown plans. That's making tax professionals fret as they anticipate a shorter window in which to file. That's on top of an already complicated tax season, due to the myriad of new regulations ushered in by 2017's sweeping tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "When I look in my tax software, which is professional tax software, there are many forms that haven't been finalized," said Steven Zelin, a CPA based in Manhattan. "We can't file. And since the tax law changed so much there's a likelihood that there's maybe … [Read more...] about Government shutdown causing chaos at the IRS just before tax filing season