8/17/17 IRS Rehires

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The IRS has been rehiring former employees who were previously terminated or resigned while under investigation.

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

In 2014, the IRS IG issued a disturbing report. It examined nearly 72-hundred employees rehired ove two and-a-half years.  More than 800 had serious misconduct history.  For example, 141 had tax issues.  Such as owing money or not having filed their taxes.

A federal law specifically requires the termination of any IRS employee who owes taxes.  The law requires the IRS fire employees for other misconduct. This includes making false statements, destroying documents, and threatening audits for personal gain.

Hundreds were rehired after having done just that.

The IRS must comply with the Office of Personnel Management hiring handbook. And it must use its ALERTS database detailing employees’ prior misconduct. The agency apparently ignored both if it did consult these resources.

There’s more.  The IG again examined IRS hiring practices. According to last month’s report, nothing’s changed. In one-year, the IRS rehired more than 200 employees who were previously terminated for misconduct.

It’s way past time to completely overhaul the IRS.

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