Rep. Chaffetz questions yuuge new hiring effort by ‘broke’ IRS

Rep. Chaffetz questions yuuge new hiring effort by ‘broke’ IRS
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[Ed. – I just have this spooky, unexplained feeling that nothing is going to change until Mr. Koskinen is gone.  What can I say, intuition.]

The chairman of a powerful House committee is demanding to know how IRS chief John Koskinen has found the money to hire up to 700 enforcement staffers when he told Congress a short time ago his agency was more or less broke.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel, reminded the Internal Revenue Service commissioner in a letter that he told lawmakers in February that he “urgently needed” a billion-dollar budget increase next year to boost the agency’s enforcement staff.

“Now, less than three months later, without that increase, you have announced plans to increase enforcement activities,” Chaffetz wrote. “The inescapable conclusion is that your testimony to Congress was inaccurate, reflecting either an attempt to exaggerate IRS’s budget needs or a management failure in understanding the needs of your organization.”

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