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Reports: IRS Rehiring Employees Fired For Falsifying Documents, Illegally Accessing Taxpayer Information

Reports: IRS Rehiring Employees Fired For Falsifying Documents, Illegally Accessing Taxpayer Information

“The delinquency at the IRS must end”

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The IRS seems to be in a constant state of administrative shambles.  Former IRS employees fired for falsifying documents, illegally accessing taxpayer information, and a range of other conduct, ethics, and legal issues are being rehired by the same agency that fired them.  This rehiring reportedly occurs despite flags and notes on the former-employee’s personnel file.

The IRS claims that it’s too “cost prohibitive” to verify that the employees they hire had not already been fired by the agency.

You can’t make this stuff up.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

The Internal Revenue Service rehired employees who were previously involved in agency misconduct such as falsifying documents or having unauthorized access to sensitive taxpayer information, according to an audit from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Considering that identify theft is a major concern, auditors wanted to inspect the agency to ensure the individuals they hire are of high integrity in safeguarding sensitive taxpayer information.

The auditors found there were 200 employees who were rehired between January 2015 and March 2016 that were terminated or separated from the agency that were either under investigation or had some misconduct that caused them to leave.

These employees had conduct issues such as falsifying employment forms or documents, unauthorized use of taxpayer accounts, misuse of email or property, absence and leave issues, workplace disruption, failure to follow instructions, and violations of the Internal Revenue Code, to name a few.

“Two rehired employees had repetitively falsified employment forms by omitting prior convictions or terminations,” the auditors said. “One rehired employee had several misdemeanors for theft and a felony for possession of a forgery device, and another rehired employee had threatened his or her co-workers.”

“Three rehired employees had ‘excessive’ absence without leave for more than 270, 150, and 140 hours respectively, and one rehired employee was cited for unprofessional conduct based on a verbal altercation with a security guard at an IRS facility,” auditors said.

Needless to say, someone fired for an ethics or conduct issue and then rehired will be more likely to repeat the original offense/s.

The Washington Free Beacon continues:

The report notes it is likely if an employee has had a previous misconduct issue, he is likely to do it again upon being rehired. Seven percent of employees in the sample that was evaluated had performance issues after one year of being rehired.

When the IRS makes a decision to hire a former employee, it does not have an effective way to evaluate past conduct. For example, an employee that abused leave policies had a “do not rehire” note on their personnel files, and the IRS rehired the employee anyway.

“Although the IRS follows specific criteria to disqualify applicants for employment, past IRS employment history is not provided to the selecting official for consideration when making a tentative hiring decision,” the auditors said. “IRS officials stated that it would be cost prohibitive to review prior issues before a hiring decision and tentative offer has been made.”

Auditors recommend that the agency have access to former employee conduct through the IRS human capital officer and document why they are rehiring the employee.

The report states that of the 2,000 employees hired by the IRS in 2015 and 2016, more than 200 had been previously fired by the agency.

In addition to the aforementioned issues, some of the rehired IRS employees had actually filed false tax returns for themselves.

Newsmax reports:

The report noted more than 200 of the 2,000 former IRS employees hired in 2015 and 2016 had been dismissed by the agency or left while under investigation, according to the Examiner.

Four had cheated on their own tax returns and another four had been probed for improperly accessing taxpayer records, the website said.

“The Internal Revenue Service continues to rehire former employees with conduct and performance issues,” the report states.

“Given the substantial threat of identity theft and the magnitude of sensitive information that the IRS holds, hiring employees of high integrity is essential to maintaining public trust in tax administration and safeguarding taxpayer information,” the report said.

“The IRS has not effectively updated or implemented hiring policies to fully consider past IRS conduct and performance issues prior to making a tentative decision to hire former employees, including those who were terminated or separated during an investigation of a substantiated conduct or performance issue.”

Upon learning of this outrageous practice, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced a bill to stop the insanity.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., announced Thursday he will reintroduce a bill aimed at improving accountability at the Internal Revenue Service, after a report from the IRS inspector general said the IRS re-hired hundreds of people who were let go by the IRS for performance issues.

“The rampant abuse at the IRS has continued and thrived for far too long,” Burr said in an emailed statement. “Whether it is the rehiring of previously terminated employees or continuing to give bonuses to poorly performing executives who can’t be fired – the delinquency at the IRS must end. It’s exactly actions like this that erode the public’s trust in their government.”

. . . . “The American people are sick and tired of Washington at its worst. We have Americans paying the salaries of IRS workers who have repeatedly cheated the very government they took an oath to serve, and a commissioner who won’t fire bad actors,” Burr concluded. “The time to put a stop to these atrocious practices is now.”

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“IRS officials stated that it would be cost prohibitive to review prior issues before a hiring decision and tentative offer has been made.”

WTF…!!! I mean, WTF…!!!

You local grocery can do it. Wal-flucking-Mart can do it. The gas station can do it…!!!

A LOT of these people should not BE in the job market. They should be in prison.

Yet another in a long list of reasons to abolish the IRS.

Of all the faults Trump has exhibited so far, one of the worst is why he hasn’t fired Koskinen yet.

    Ragspierre in reply to Matt_SE. | July 30, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    YES…!!!

    BKC in reply to Matt_SE. | July 30, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Koskinen has access to Trump’s tax returns.

      mailman in reply to BKC. | July 31, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Did Lois have a sex change op?

      Petrushka in reply to BKC. | July 31, 2017 at 6:33 am

      If Trump had anything illegal in his tax returns, we would have heard about it. My own suspicion is Trump has perfectly ordinary returns, possibly with a lot of write-offs.

      But just possession of someone else’s return is a crime, and that’s a lever he doesn’t want to relinquish.

    Ragspierre in reply to Matt_SE. | July 31, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Why this guy remains in his position is a complete mystery to me.

    Of the people Der Donald could fire with perfect support from every conservative, he’s top of the list.

    So why is he still around?

Maybe, just maybe it’s time for a little jail time!

Shut the whole thing down…flat tax.

What makes this even worse is how badly you must behave before they will even think of firing you. I watched a black lady show up for work on Friday just long enough to fill out her time card and it took them over a year to document her behavior and such that they flt they could let her go. I knew another fellow who routinely lied, falsified one document after another and it was only after he falsified some documents that resulted in another employee becoming injured and the entire mess went to court was he fired. For a person to get fired from a government position requires an almost superhuman effort so to rehire them must be a mistake most egregious.

    inspectorudy in reply to Cleetus. | July 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    It starts at the top. If Congress can get away with the things they get away with then, the federal workers below that grade feel they are entitled to the same privileges. Look at some of the actions of Congressional members or their staff and you get a clue as to what is condoned in DC. Remember Charlie Rangel and the things he got away with? How about DWS and her exploits in the criminal world? Bill and his bride? Maxine Waters and her 3 million dollar home in CA? Carlos Danger and his James Bond adventure into child porn? Lois Lerner and her multiple hard disc failures? hillary and her e-mail scandal? The worst example in federal employee history is the VA! Half of the employees should not only be fired but arrested. Koskenin, IRS director, is Trump’s fault. He should have been number one on the list of people to be fired but he is still on the job. Could it be the fear of Trump’s tax returns “Accidently” making it onto the nightly news? When I was in the military the CO of the unit I was in set the standard for all of us and it was up to him to demand that standard. If he was lax and did not enforce the rules he set, then there were no rules until they wanted to punish someone. This is how the federal government works. They didn’t punish Sandy Burger, Lerner, hillary or Comey and this sets the stage for the rest.

Not the first time around. Remember when Carvin` Marvin Runyon cut a bunch of the dead wood at the post office and the next career postmaster hired all his old buddies back?

Common Sense | July 31, 2017 at 9:07 am

Think Lois Lerner, the same Lois Lerner who apologized to a room of tax lawyers for the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of conservative political groups in 2013. Remember that her computer hard drive crashed. She responded in an e-mail that “Sometimes stuff just happens,”. The IRS acted as a criminal enterprise to target Obama administration enemy.
President Trump a good house cleaning is needed ASAP!

All the examples are from Obama’s presidency. Hope Trump is reducing the nonsense. But it’s hard to staff up agencies when Schumer is slow walking everything.

This is their “resist” plan, and there should be a way to punish it so that the Dems never, never, never regain power.

This is why they needed to be prosecuted. Put them in jail over just firing them. It was criminal acts they did, maybe the IRS would notice if these crimes were pursued and those who did the crimes were punished beyond just temporarily losing their jobs.

This situation shows the ” Cronyism,” That has been allowed to creep into Gov. jobs. It shows how “Low,” the integrity is, in Gov. job hiring. We all know why this has occurred, just look at some of the ” Thieving,Loud-Mouth, Low-lives,” in the Congress.

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