The Internal Revenue Service is canceling its fourth scheduled agencywide employee furlough day previously slated to occur July 22, according to a July 16 agency announcement.
“The IRS will be open for taxpayers that day as scheduled, and all employees will be paid for that day,” Danny Werfel, IRS principal deputy commissioner, told agency employees in a message. “This step follows a lot of hard work across the service to cut costs.”
So far, the agency has taken three furlough days and shut down all its offices nationwide: May 24, June 14 and July 5. It is also looking into whether the next scheduled furlough day Aug. 30 will be necessary.
The IRS’ action follows other departments’ decisions to scale back on furlough days. The Defense Department’s civilian employees were originally subject to 22 furlough days, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cut that number to 11 in mid-May.
The Federal Aviation Administration in April also began furloughing thousands of air traffic controllers, but a rare bipartisan bill suspended the furloughs and normal operations resumed.