Have you ever done something almost criminally bad at work and been rewarded?
NO? Really? — Yeah me neither.
Apparently if you work at the IRS though, it doesn’t really matter what you do at work, you still get bonuses!
Sexual harassment? No problem.
Illicit drug use? Sure why not! It’s the just the org handing billions of our nations taxes…
The Washington Examiner has the details.
Republicans called for reform at the Internal Revenue Service Thursday after receiving news that the tax agency is awarding bonuses to employees who have been disciplined for misconduct, even after being warned about the problem years ago.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found in a new report that the IRS gave bonuses of almost $1.8 million in 2016 and 2017 to nearly 2,000 employees who had been cited for misconduct, including drug use, sexual harassment, and unauthorized access of taxpayer information.
Quite simply, nothing like this would fly in the private sector at any company worth its salt.
Rewarding those with disciplinary issues amounts to a slap in the face to those that go about their business in a by the book fashion.
Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady called on IRS acting commissioner David Kautter, a Trump appointee, to stop the agency from handing out bonuses to employees who have been disciplined.
“Awards are intended to reward the best among the federal workforce, not the worst,” they wrote.
“And yet, we see example after example of awards given to IRS employees engaging in clear misconduct, including unauthorized access of tax return information, possession of illegal drugs, and sexual harassment in the workplace.”
When you consider the fact that the IRS is an agency that’s dedicated to ensuring taxpayers are paying their fair share in an above-board fashion, it’s all the more troubling that it’s not holding itself to the same standards.
Even more upsetting is the fact that the agency has essentially responded with shrugs since being warned about these practices years ago.
The swamp runs deep in the nation’s capital, but we’ll hold out hope that this report leads to some much-needed changes at the IRS.
It’s time we take a closer look at these government org swamps that have been far too inefficient for far too long.
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