From the Washington Post: “Embattled IRS plans employee bonuses for 2013 work to ‘boost morale’”
Citing the need to boost employee morale, the Internal Revenue Service’s new commissioner said Monday that he will pay out millions of dollars in bonuses to agency employees, reversing a decision his predecessor made to save money amid the sequester budget cuts and other belt-tightening last year.
The agency remains under fire for targeting tea party groups, but Commissioner John Koskinen said the bonuses are needed to retain and attract good employees in a time of cutbacks.
“This is money best spent on our existing employees,” he said in an email to agency employees. “The performance award payouts are in recognition of that great work done in very trying circumstances. I firmly believe that this investment in our employees will directly benefit taxpayers and the tax system.”
His predecessor, acting Commissioner Danny Werfel, whom Mr. Obama tapped to clean up the agency after the tea party-targeting came to light, canceled the bonuses last year. He said the money was used to limit furloughs to just three days, instead of the five that would have been necessary under the budget sequesters.
It’s not clear where IRS officials found the money to pay for the bonuses, given last year’s tight budget.
Oh, heck no!
You’re going to give millions of dollars in bonuses to these people so they can feel good while harassing citizens—many of whom haven’t gotten a raise in years, have had government meddling increase their health insurance costs, in many cases are dealing with severely reduced work hours as a result of Obamacare, and because they perhaps made an honest mistake in reporting their finances?
Ridiculous. Vile. Unbelievable.
I’ve got a better idea: Fire at least half the staff, and allow them to feel good by getting a job that truly contributes to the wealth of the nation, rather than simply plundering it to make stupid Star Trek videos to show at 5-Star resort conferences in Cancun.