This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 23, 2017:
Following its investigation in 2014, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA, shown above) concluded that the IRS was hiring previously employed thugs with known criminal backgrounds, including backgrounds of failing to file or pay their income taxes, falsifying documents, accessing private records of American taxpayers in order to harass them, disruption while at work, and taking time off without permission.
It made various suggestions to the IRS, which were ignored. When an unnamed Senator asked the TIGTA to do an update, the IG found that nothing had changed: thugs were still hiring thugs at the IRS.
From the update released in July:
TIGTA found that more than 200 of the more than 2,000 former employees who were rehired between January 2015 and March 2016 were previously terminated from the IRS or separated while under investigation for a substantial conduct or performance issue….
Four … had been terminated or resigned for willful failure to properly file their Federal tax returns; four separated while under investigation or unauthorized accesses to taxpayer information; and 86 separated while under investigation for absences and leave, workplace disruption, or failure to follow instructions.
Investigators learned that part of the reason these people were rehired is because those doing the hiring didn’t know, or weren’t informed, that they had a previous severely blemished record with the IRS:
Although the IRS follows specific criteria to disqualify applicants for employment, past IRS employment history is not provided to the selecting officer for consideration…. IRS officials stated that it would be cost prohibitive to review prior issues before a hiring decision … has been made.
However, the IRS was unable to provide documented support for this position.
In addition, some of those reapplying for a position lied on their applications, omitting damning information:
TIGTA also found that 27 former employees failed to disclose a prior termination or conviction on their application, as required, and were rehired by the IRS.
The report made the same recommendations as it did in its previous report, which recommendations were ignored:
TIGTA recommended that the IRS Human Capital Officer provide the selecting official with access to former employee conduct and performance issues, and require that the basis for rehiring employees with prior employment issues be clearly documented.
The IRS’s Human Capital Officer, E. Faith Bell, dutifully responded that, yes, she would make sure this time that the report’s recommendation will be followed in the future: she has “commissioned a team” to begin implementing those recommendations.
Rep. Jim Jordan had some choice words for the IRS when he learned that nothing had changed at the agency. A ferocious critic of the agency, Jordan told a Radio America audience:
You could simplify all that and say they rehired 200-some people who were cheating, lying, and snooping on the American taxpayer. That’s what they were doing and, ‘Oh, we’re going to rehire them now and let them work in the Internal Revenue Service.’
You can’t make this stuff up, can you? Just when you think you’ve heard it all about the IRS, they go and rehire people who have had this kind of background. It is truly unbelievable.
Jordan then reminded Radio America’s listeners:
Remember what they did when they got caught targeting, systematically, for a sustained period of time, they were going after people based on their political beliefs? Political speech rights were under attack by an agency with the power, the clout, and the potential influence on your life that the IRS has, that’s what they were doing.
Jordan said that the double standard drives taxpayers crazy:
There are a lot of things that make taxpayers mad, but a couple in particular: One is when politicians don’t do what they said. A second one is when you have this kind of egregious behavior from the people whose salaries we pay.
And, frankly, the third is – and it goes along with the second – is this idea that there are two standards: one set of rules if you and I do something wrong, but a different set if you’re part of the politically connected class.
If your name is Clinton, Comey, Koskinen, Lerner, Lynch, you get a different set of rules than [we] regular folk. That’s the part that really bugs the American taxpayer, as well it should.
The chief thug at the IRS, John Koskinen (also shown above), was caught lying under oath, but a movement to impeach him stuttered and then failed. So he’s still in charge. Koskinen recently received a letter from five members of the House Ways and Means Committee, expressing their “concern” and gently suggesting that he change his, and his agency’s, ways:
We write today to voice our concern about the rehiring of such employees and to stress to you that the IRS must immediately stop rehiring employees who were previously involuntarily separated from service for misconduct.
This letter is no doubt keeping the chief thug in charge up at night.
The only solution to draining the swamp is to drain it by abolishing the agency altogether. This would force those currently employed to try to find real work in the world, while removing the angst American taxpayers labor under every day, sweating receiving a letter from the IRS, written by a thug with a history as a repeat offender.