Walker Votes to Block the IRS from Rehiring Employees Fired for Misconduct and Poor Performance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House unanimously passed H.R. 3500, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act:
“Replacing John Koskinen was a great stride in our efforts to bring accountability and trust back to the IRS, but we still have a long way to go. In the final years of the Obama administration, the IRS rehired hundreds of former employees who had been fired for poor performance, abuse of power and misconduct. Federal bureaucrats shouldn’t receive special treatment and be rehired despite wrongdoing, they should be held to the same standard as the people of North Carolina.”
The Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act prohibits the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from rehiring any individual, previously employed by the agency, who was removed for misconduct or was involuntarily separated for cause.
A report released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on July 27, 2017 highlights the IRS rehired more than 200 former employees between January 2015 and March 2016 that had previously been terminated for misconduct or performance issues. Examples of misconduct included falsifying employment forms, failure to maintain a successful performance level, forgery, theft, abusive actions, and excessive absence.
On Tax Day this year, Walker introduced the Ditto Act, legislation that ensures the IRS maintains the same record-keeping standards as the department expects from taxpayers.