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Comment by Carl Webb on April 24, 2013 at 4:20am
Global Forum on Identity
April 30 - May 1, 2013
AT&T Conference Center
UT Austin
ID360 is a community of participants interested in fostering research, development and implementation of innovative solutions needed to meet current and future challenges to the detection of identity fraud, theft and misuse. Participants are encouraged to focus on understanding, describing, and securing the Identity Ecosystem, including trusted identities for individuals, organizations, and devices.
This 2nd annual ID360 Conference invites experts and stakeholders from the Private Sector, Government and Education to engage in a comprehensive 360-degree study of identity along the five critical dimensions of identity: Law, Business, Policy, Technology, and Society. ID360 2013 will explore the five dimensions of identity in the context of contemporary settings describing how identity assets of people, business and devices are used and held.

Identity is SOCIAL and PRIVATE - People and Businesses are social, participating in multiple and complex relationships and transactions. Invariably, identity assets are exchanged and used for social benefit and profit. As mobile devices become a preferred social platform, our devices, networks and even physical location become identity attributes to be shared. So, our information, behavior and devices offer an interesting juxtaposition to the traditional notion of privacy. What is now private? To what extent are data, behaviors, relationships and devices and networks private or, in fact, can they help promote privacy?
Identity is PERSONAL but found in BIG DATA sets - From the perspective of the individual person, business or device, identity is defined by one or more attributes. With the goal of uniquely authenticating a person, business or device, identity is personal. However, identity is stored in large remotes data sets (at least remote to the owner). Additionally, identity may not be prescribed by pre-assigned attributed but "discovered" from these remote, aggregated data sets that are large, complex, insightful, trending full of patterns, valuable...But rarely personal.
To register for the event please visit:
Comment by Rod Trevino on April 19, 2013 at 9:56pm

John - I agree that management has no loyalty to employees. It becomes more and more difficult to care about the job. I see so much half-assed work get done on a daily basis that it just kills me. My lead, who is one of the great 14s that I know, once told me that my own personal work ethic would prevent me from becoming apathetic. My desire to do great work would outshine the beating I take in the service. This was true until they extended our pay and hiring freeze again. I am lucky. I am a 9. Most people will never get that. But everyone else around me save for a small group of us are 12/13s. Why promote me ever when I am doing that level work now without the pay? As for USAJOBS, I have no faith in that process. Most of the jobs I want are 12/13 but time in grade kills me. So, I am stuck. I will say this, I know how tough it is for FA and I admire the work you all do. I make training for FA and am proud to call you all my clients, but that does not make my days any easier.

Comment by John Evans on April 19, 2013 at 5:52pm

Good question, Rod. I too am finding it harder and harder to do my job. Given management's utter lack of loyalty to employees, and given the fact that there are no opportunities for advancement, I often wonder if it's worth trying hard to do the best I can. High quality performance sure doesn't seem to be appreciated or rewarded. I guess I'll just mark time until something better comes along. I am currently applying for anything that I might be remotely qualified for on USAJOBS.

Comment by Rod Trevino on April 19, 2013 at 11:40am

Greetings all. I am from the Austin area. I currently work in the W&I Learning and Education branch. I have read many of your posts and I admire the passion that still burns within many of you. The only reason I do my job well anymore is because I consider it my duty to honor all the taxpayers that pay my salary and keep me fed and protected. However, it becomes harder and harder to do my job each day as entrenched antiquated views hinder my ability to contribute in a meaningful way to this organization. So, I ask, how do you maintain your sense of loyalty when it seems that we have all been sacrificed at the alter to appease the public for the sins of our elected officials?

Comment by Carl Webb on April 14, 2013 at 4:35am
Association for the Improvement of Minorities in the IRS, Austin Ch...

The purpose of the Association for the Improvement of Minorities is to educate and develop our members to their fullest career and personal potential, and instill in them the highest degree of confidence in their abilities; in a manner that is free from negative influence and discriminatory policies and practices. To achieve that purpose, we will:

a. Educate and Counsel our members as to opportunities for career and personal advancement;

b. Foster Equal Employment Opportunity;

c. Provide a Self-Help Network to further the general welfare of our members;

d. Promote local and community wide services that assist individuals seeking career and educational support;

e. Cooperate with all government agencies and other organizations in taking lawful actions to ensure the removal of discriminatory policies and practices.

Comment by Carl Webb on May 25, 2012 at 12:33am

Does anyone know what Block 12B on the SF-50-B form for U.S. Office of Personnel Management is for?

Comment by Jane Lassalle on December 5, 2011 at 8:35pm

hi, i am from the boston area and have just started working with sharepoint 2010 in the LB&I side of IRS. if anyone uses sharepoint 2010 in their area, i would love some contacts for Q&As as this rolls out. thanks

Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on November 16, 2011 at 8:53am

Hey IRS Employees: Here's a new blog post that features one of your very own - and an Army veteran at that! 

Comment by Kyle Russell on November 1, 2011 at 9:41am

Hello everyone! 

I am a Tax Examiner Technician at the Kansas City Service Center, with AMTAP (Accounts Management Taxpayer Assurance Program), which has just recently been reorganized under the brand-spanking new RICS (Return Integrity and Correspondence Services).  Essentially we are pre-refund revenue protection , the red-headed step-child of CI.

I've been with the Service for almost two years and absolutely love my work.  My background is in both law, and software development.
Comment by Steven Clark on August 28, 2011 at 11:42pm

John, I guess I should have stated that I work BMF (not IMF), so our seasons are a bit different. My department's been furloughed since July 4th. I suppose that I knew my job was seasonal when I first started, but our season has also shortened since then from 10 months out of the year to 9 months (if we're lucky).


There are benefits to working for the IRS, but right now, I am a bit pessimistic about it all, haha.


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