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Outsourcing of tax debt collection may not pay off in short term

IRS projections show costs may outpace collections; GAO urges accounting changes to reflect contractor fees.

Clearance applications not processed within target times

Average time for initial clearances granted in early 2006 was 446 days, GAO finds.

Drop in immigration arrests might nix need for more jail beds

DHS agency steps up immigration-related investigations of businesses.

IG: Iraq contractor abused rules to limit release of data

Use of “proprietary” designation on documents not justified under bid and proposal rules, auditors say.

Most countries meet e-passport deadline

New passports with biometric chips will help DHS officials detect fraudulent documents.

Federal employees begin receiving new ID cards

Presidential directive required agencies to distribute new high tech credentials to at least one worker by Friday.

Income limits spur drop in use of free tax filing software

Auditors say cap conflicts with e-government initiative's goal of boosting overall electronic filing.

TSA faces staffing disparities at airports

Initial administrative staffing plans "lacked coherency," leading to inconsistencies across airports, inspector general says.

Officials share strategies for complying with new financial management rules

Difficulties in meeting new requirements in an Office of Management and Budget circular may continue another two years.

Corps Reform

The Army Corps of Engineers is trying to rebuild confidence in the agency after Katrina's devastating blow.