WASHINGTON, DC – With Tax Day this past Monday and the sting of
dealing with the Internal Revenue Service still fresh in the minds of
millions of Americans, the House approved several bills to reform the
government agency this week. Following passage of two bills yesterday,
the House voted on H.R. 3724, the Ensuring Integrity of the IRS
Workforce Act this morning. H.R. 3724 prevents the IRS from rehiring
former employees who were fired for misconduct.
A 2015 Treasury Department Inspector General report found that the
IRS hired back hundreds of former employees previously fired for “tax
issues, unauthorized access to taxpayer information” and other
misconduct or unacceptable performance. The Ensuring Integrity of the
IRS Workforce Act stops this practice in its tracks.
After voting to hold the agency’s workforce accountable, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:
“The legislation the House passed this week is a series of
commonsense proposals to make another out-of-control executive agency
accountable to the American people. As I said on the House floor
earlier this week, government employees, especially those in the IRS,
who work with private and sensitive data of American citizens, should
not be given the chance to do it again after having been fired for
misconduct or improper access to that data. This bill, along with the
other 3 passed this week, will make sure the IRS works for the American
people rather than for its own agenda.”
The other three bills passed in the House this week are:
H.R. 4890 – IRS Bonuses Tied to Measurable Metrics Act - Places a ban
on payment of bonuses to employees of the Internal Revenue Service
until the Department of the Treasury submits to Congress a comprehensive
customer service strategy that has been reviewed and approved by the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
H.R. 4885 – IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending Act - Requires
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to deposit fees for service in the
general fund of the Treasury and prohibits the expenditure of such fees
unless an appropriation is set by Congress.
H.R. 1206 – No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act - Prohibits the
hiring of additional Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees unless the
Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the IRS has a
serious delinquent tax debt, or submits to Congress a report explaining
why it cannot make the required certification.
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