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Friday, February 06, 2015

IG Report: IRS Rehired Hundreds Of Ex-Employees With Troubled Records

Stop the IRS Hiring More Abusers
Defund IRS - Implement FairTax
Today In Washington, D.C. - Feb. 6, 2015:
The House is not in session today. It will reconvene on Monday, Feb 9 at 1 PM.

The Senate is not in session today. It will reconvene on Monday at 3 PM.

On Monday at 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of Michael P. Botticelli to be Director of National Drug Control Policy.

Yesterday, Senate Democrats for the third day in a row filibustered the motion to proceed to H.R. 240, the House-passed Homeland Security Appropriations bill, meaning the Senate can not even take up the bill to debate it.

Former presidential candidate and conservative spokesman Gary Bauer remarked, "And each time, not one Democrat was willing to put the Constitution and the rule of law ahead of party loyalty. Not even those who had previously expressed opposition to Obama's amnesty. I hope Senator McConnell keeps it up, and I hope these senators are hearing from their constituents!"

IRS Problems and Mismanagement under the Obama administration are well known, yet instead of improvements, there seem to be regular reports of new troubles at the agency.

The Washington Post reports, “The Internal Revenue Service rehired four ex-employees in recent years who left the agency amid serious conduct and performance problems, placing each of them the same positions they had before. The employees were among hundreds that the IRS hired for a second time despite past troubles ranging from off-duty misconduct to accessing taxpayer records without authorization.

“A review by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that the IRS overlooked past performance or conduct problems for 323 ex-staffers whom the agency rehired between January 2010 and July 2013. Among the four workers who returned to their previous positions, two were ‘failing critical job elements at the time they had separated from their prior employment with the IRS,’ according to a report on the audit, released Thursday.”

CNNMoney has more details: “Of the more than 7,000 former employees the IRS hired between January 2010 and September 2013, 824 of them were found to have prior performance and conduct issues, a new oversight report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found. TIGTA reviewed a random sample of more than 300 employees who had conduct or performance issues in the past and found that 20% had developed new issues during their second go-round.

Problem behaviors have included employees who willfully failed to file their taxes, gained unauthorized access to taxpayer information, abused the agency's leave policy, misused IRS property, falsified official forms, did a bad job or had behavioral or legal problems off-duty, such as alcoholism or bankruptcy.

"Based on the types of prior performance and conduct issues we identified, rehiring certain employees presents increased risk to the IRS and taxpayers," said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. . . .

“[The report] cited one instance in which the file for a former problem employee was explicitly marked ‘Do Not Rehire’ because the person was ‘absent without leave for 312 hours.’ Yet the person was rehired anyway.

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