TIGTA Faults IRS for Rehiring Problematic Workers

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jul 28, 2017

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), in a recent report, criticized the IRS for rehiring too many workers with substantiated conduct or performance issues. It noted that the service, between January 2015 to March 2016 hired nearly 7,500 employees, of which more than 2,000 had previously worked at the IRS. Of these 2,000, about 10 percent of them had been terminated for things like willful failure to properly file their federal tax return, unauthorized access to taxpayer information, or workplace disruptions. This includes positions with access to sensitive taxpayer information, such as contact representatives. The rehires came despite the fact that the IRS had previously been called upon to update or implement 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. TIGTA found that no such changes had been made by the IRS. 

"Although the IRS may have had a valid basis to rehire some of the more than 200 former employees with prior conduct or performance issues, TIGTA has serious concerns about the IRS’s decision to rehire certain employees, such as those who willfully failed to meet their Federal tax responsibilities," said TIGTA. 

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