IRS rehires 11 employees disciplined for unauthorized access to taxpayer accounts, AWOL for 33 work days

IRS rehires 11 employees disciplined for unauthorized access to taxpayer accounts, AWOL for 33 work days

[Ed. – The agency must be hard up if they feel impelled to rehire employees fired for misconduct or poor performance.]

For one of the most punitive agencies in the federal government, the IRS sure is forgiving with its own employees.

Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., has proposed a bill that would prevent the IRS from rehiring employees fired for misconduct or poor performance.

The bill, titled the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act, follows a recent Treasury inspector general report that shows the IRS rehired more than 200 fired workers in a little over a year. A previous inspector general report proves this problem dates back to at least 2009.

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According to the Treasury Department’s inspector general, the IRS did not provide officials responsible for hiring decisions with information about employment history, though that information is readily available. As a result, the IRS—an agency with nearly unrivaled access to citizens’ personal information and capacity to harass individual taxpayers—rehired. …

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