IRS Watchdog’s Report Finds New Cases of Repeated Hiring Abuses

Burr: Koskinen Cannot Leave Fast Enough

WASHINGTON – Today, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released the findings of their report: The Internal Revenue Service Continues to Rehire Former Employees with Conduct and Performance Issues. The independent watchdog found that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to rehire employees who were previously terminated from the agency for documented misconduct or performance issues. In fact, the watchdog found that between January 2015 and March 2016, the IRS rehired hundreds of former employees with prior substantiated performance or conduct issues, including willful failure to file taxes, repeated falsification of official documents and threatening co-workers. The watchdog found that these practices continue in spite of a previous TIGTA report in 2014 with similar findings.

During a Senate Finance hearing in 2016, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen whether the practice of rehiring employees previously dismissed for cause was still occurring under his watch. Koskinen replied, “We do not hire people with prior performance issues.” Today’s report shows otherwise. Senator Burr requested this TIGTA report in February 2016

TIGTA(Image from page 5 of the TIGTA report)

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on TIGTA’s findings:

“The American people learned today that, in spite of denials to Congress, the IRS continues a wholly unacceptable practice of rehiring known bad actors. In this mind boggling abuse of taxpayer money, we now know that Commissioner Koskinen has failed to stop this practice, even after personal assurances to me that the practice had ended under his tenure. North Carolinians cannot conceive of a scenario where they could be fired for misconduct or lying on their application forms and then get their jobs back. Yet somehow, these delinquent IRS employees manage to get rehired by the very agency tasked with collecting taxpayer money. It’s a spectacular abuse of our government’s coffers, and we are in desperate need of a leader who can get these abusers out of our government. This is precisely what is wrong with our government and why Americans are tired of Washington’s inability to steward taxpayer money. Furthermore, Koskinen couldn’t even have his facts right when I asked him for a direct answer in person. Koskinen cannot leave fast enough for me.” 

FLASHBACK: Koskinen Assures Burr in 2016 the IRS No Longer Rehires Delinquent Employees


Watch Burr question Koskinen Here