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 IG's report found rehired employees who were previously fired for faking resumes, abusing leave time and other offenses.
"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 IRS IG report said.
The report even found a small number of employees who had been fired for "willful failure to properly file their federal tax returns[.]"
Burr also complained that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in Senate testimony that the agency was not rehiring workers who were fired over performance and conduct issues.
"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."