IRS rehires misbehaving employees

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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TGTA) in the US claims that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is placing the IRS and taxpayers at “an increased” risk by rehiring hundreds of former employees with prior conduct or performance issues, including failure to file their taxes, falsifying official forms and misuse of IRS property

TIGTA reviewed a random sample from more than 300 employees with significant prior performance or conduct issues who were hired between January 2010 and July 2013 and determined that the IRS appropriately applied suitability standards, such as determining whether applicants had prior criminal activity, material false statements, or illegal drug use.

Between January 2010 and July 2013 the IRS hired more than 7,000 former employees, 78 percent of which were temporary or seasonal positions, of which hundreds had previous conduct or performance issues.

TIGTA found that nearly 20 percent of the rehired former employees sampled with prior substantiated or unresolved conduct or performance issues had new conduct or performance issues, such as tax noncompliance or unauthorized access to tax account information.

In the report TIGTA acknowledged that most rehired employees do not have performance or conduct issues associated with prior IRS employment. However, TIGTA said it 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.

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