IRS building in Washington. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

A government watchdog that oversees the IRS told House staffers that it will take between 12 and 18 months for the agency to recover from the government shutdown, as furloughed employees return to work buried in paperwork and behind schedule on training and hiring ahead of tax season, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The Trump administration ordered 30,000 IRS employees to return to work part way through the 35-day government shutdown, but about 14,000 of them reportedly did not show up. With tax filing season set to begin Jan. 28, the IRS has a backlog of 5 million unanswered pieces of mail and 2,000 recently hired employees who have still yet to be trained, according to the Post.

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Trump says he'll accept nomination at White House or Gettysburg

Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Monday that he'll deliver his speech accepting the Republican nomination for president at either the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania or at the White House.

The state of play: Republican National Convention planners are looking for a new venue for the president to deliver his acceptance speech after convention events were canceled in Jacksonville, Fla., due to coronavirus concerns.

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Lebanon's prime minister resigns in wake of deadly explosion

Protests in Beirut. Photo: Maxim Grigoryev/TASS via Getty

Lebanon's prime minister and cabinet have resigned amid massive protests in the aftermath of a deadly explosion in Beirut that killed more than 160 people, injured 6,000 and left roughly 250,000 homeless.

Why it matters: Protesters blame the incompetence of the ruling elite — widely viewed as corrupt — for the disaster. The unstable and deeply distrusted government will remain in place in a caretaker capacity until a new prime minister is selected.