Noem’s IRS Workforce Integrity Bill Advances Unanimously

noem press header kristi noem headshot May 21 2014Noem’s IRS Workforce Integrity Bill Advances Unanimously

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kristi Noem’s Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act (H.R.3724) advanced through the House Ways and Means Committee today unanimously, setting it up to be considered by the full House of Representatives in the coming weeks (VIDEO).  The bipartisan legislation would prohibit the IRS from rehiring an employee who has been fired for certain forms of misconduct.

“If a person has been fired for accessing private taxpayer information without permission or filing false documents, they should not be rehired and given access once again to our sensitive data. But the IRS has done this hundreds of times,” said Noem.  “My bill does what IRS bureaucracy has refused to do. It stops them from rehiring people who have betrayed the trust of taxpayers.  With unanimous consent from the committee, I’m hopeful we can move this commonsense solution forward quickly.”

In February 2015, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) publicly released a new report explaining it had “identified hundreds of former employees with prior substantiated conduct or performance issues ranging from tax issues, unauthorized access to taxpayer information, leave abuse, falsification of official forms, unacceptable performance, misuse of IRS property, and off-duty misconduct.”

The agency went on to say that nearly one in five of the rehired employees with a record of prior misconduct had performance issues when they returned to the IRS.  For more information on TIGTA’s findings, click here.

VIEW NOEM’S REMARKS AT COMMITTEE HEARING

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9 thoughts on “Noem’s IRS Workforce Integrity Bill Advances Unanimously

    1. Anon

      Common sense legislation? That’s exactly what I look for from her and it looks like she is delivering

  1. Kelly Lieberg

    Barred from reinstatement within the IRS or how about the Federal Government ! Should a grocery store clerk who gets caught lifting cash at the register then be accepted at the loading dock ?

    1. Garet

      Kelly… my thoughts exactly. Legislators do not think about the BIG picture. An individual who is fired for misconduct in one department should not be hired back AT ALL!

  2. Anonymous

    “The agency went on to say that nearly one in five of the rehired employees with a record of prior misconduct had performance issues when they returned to the IRS”

    And in 2012, one Barry Obama was re-hired after 4 years of misconduct and “performance issues”.

    We need a law against that.

    1. Anonymous

      Can you name specific misconduct that is fact-based and not conjecture? And regarding “performance issues”, you mean taking the tanked economy he inherited from GW Bush and turning it around? Yes, that’s definitely a very bad performance issue. The GOP is to blame for losing the 2012 election. You’ve no one else to blame. Bad candidates, bad policies, bad public image.

  3. Anonymous

    How about a bill to fire Charlie Rangel for tax fraud-that’s one way to get rid of a true jackass!

  4. Dakota Conservative

    What are the chances this will get signed into law? Very sad that it has to be a law and not just good hiring/firing practice that should be followed for all agencies.