IRS Gave Lois Lerner a Bonus to Make Her Want to Keep Up Her Work

The Weekly Standard reports that the IRS gave Lois Lerner a bonus, specifically a “retention bonus”—an incentive for her to keep her job harrassing, obstructing, and burdening conservative taxpayers whose money was used to offer her that bonus.

Media coverage of yesterday’s latest development in the Lois Lerner saga focused on her colorful description of conservatives as “crazies” and “a–holes” in emails released by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich).

Few news outlets highlighted her earlier emails in the same November 2012 email chain in which she discussed a partial deferral of her retention bonus — and then proceeded to complain about the riffraff destroying a beautiful upper-class village she toured on her part-business, part-pleasure hop across the pond to Great Britain.

The subject of the email exchange, “Suspension of Retention,” pertained to an encrypted document Lerner received and then forwarded to a colleague whose name was redacted. Lerner explained the contents of the document to this person, as he or she was unable to decrypt it:

“How silly. It just said they have to stop my retension [sic] pay b [sic] because I made too much this year and will give me the rest next year in a lump sum.”

“Silly,” is not the word I would use.

Consider the absurdity of Lerner receiving a retention bonus: taxpayers actually gave her more money than her original base salary — as much as 25 percent — for her noble, public service-oriented decision to remain in her position where she could continue to keep the “crazies” in check.

Government retention “incentives,” as the Office of Personnel Management labels them, are granted if an employee is viewed as indispensable and would leave without the bonus, or if an employee’s skills are needed during the time of an office relocation or closure and would also leave without the extra pay.

Yes, wouldn’t it have been a disaster to have Lois Lerner move on to another job and stop harassing taxpayers who wanted to exercise their First Amendment rights.

Remember, Lerner seems to have worked with others, including OSHA and the BATF.