New report details IRS irresponsible, wasteful spending by employees

It’s been just over a month since we learned of the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups and a few weeks since it was revealed that the IRS spent $50 million on so-called “training” conferences.

But the hits just keep on coming for the IRS. CBS News notes that a new report from the IRS’s watchdog shows that agency employees wasted  millions of dollars on specious purchases and personal items during a two-year period:

Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers’ meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday.

Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen.

IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according to the report by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.
[I]nvestigators found that one IRS employee spent $2,655 on diet pills, romance novels, steaks, a smartphone and baby-related items, including bottles, games and clothes. The case was referred to the IG’s office that investigates employee misconduct, the report said.

This report comes not long after it was learned that  IRS’s union employees would receive $70 million in bonuses, which is peculiar at a time of still-large budget deficits and endless complaints from the Obama Administration about the sequester. It’s also worth noting that the IRS, which is showing its frequent incompetence, will be given a large role over ObamaCare.

While no one wants to see a government agency waste taxpayers dollars in this fashion, many Americans are probably enjoying the irony of the IRS, which is the country’s most hated bureaucracy due to its relentless pursuit of taxpayers, getting scrutinized in such a vociferous manner.

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