National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) President, Tony Reardon spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 29 about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and their workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tony Reardon first spoke about the luxury of some companies ability to work remotely. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, businesses across the country had their employees work from home. He said in the beginning the IRS was reluctant about working from home. But through quality work they proved to be more than capable. Reardon then spoke about how the IRS is calling their essential workers back to the office. Initially they were to bring their own personal protective equipment. Congress and the media got involved and the IRS relented, saying they would provide masks for employees and they can bring their own if they want. Lastly, he spoke about the status of current operation at the IRS. Reardon mentioned that the IRS was never fully shut down as workers worked from home. However, some workers’ workspaces were not portable, so they were put on safety leave.
The Director of Federal Advocacy with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Sandra Purohit spoke about why Congress should invest in clean energy in the next stimulus. She explained how E2 has called for policy solutions that are good for the economy and the environment. With the help of the next stimulus package Congress could act on these solutions. Purohit said the United States clean energy economy is at risk because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic there were 3.4 million workers in the clean energy industry. Once the pandemic hit, 620,000 of them filed for unemployment. Purohit stressed the need for policy to put these workers back on the job and boost the industry. Finally, she spoke about clean energy’s proven job-growth track record, including after an economic downturn and how it is an attractive sector for stimulus investments. Purohit explained how the clean energy industry was among the fastest growing job sectors before the pandemic. If lawmakers want to put people back to work faster, they should invest in an industry with jobs available across the country.