Noem’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.