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Latest Annual Report on Government Waste Released

The Washington Free Beacon's Jack Heretik reported yesterday that U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) " released his annual report on government waste on Monday, "Federal Fumbles Volume 3." The report "highlights examples of wasteful government spending which includes specific cases of abuse by the federal government."

He quotes Lankford saying, "This book is designed to be a reminder that we still have an issue with debt and deficit in America . . . For some reason, the conversation has slowed on the issue of debt and deficit. It should not."

Lankford's 86-page report is available here. In the introductory letter, he noted:

"Included in Federal Fumbles is just a sampling of instances where federal agencies or departments have wasted or inefficiently used billions of your dollars. The program and grant funding discussed in this book has already been allocated or spent and cannot be recovered. But highlighting it here provides lessons for agencies and hopefully encourages Congress to utilize its oversight and legislative authority to prevent future waste and misuse of federal tax dollars."

Here's just one "fumble" from Lankford's book of waste, under the heading, "You're Fired, Just Kidding:"

"Few small business owners enjoy firing a bad employee. Even if the person has been a terrible worker, firing him or her is unpleasant and leads to the lengthy, expensive process of hiring and training a replacement. Perhaps wishing to avoid the challenge of finding new employees, the IRS has a long history of hiring employees who were previously fired by the IRS for bad conduct.

"A 2014 Treasury IG investigation discovered that from 2010 to 2013, the IRS hired 824 people who were previously terminated due to “prior conduct or performances issues.” In fact, one fired employee was rehired even though his employee file had “DO NOT REHIRE” stamped on it. Despite IG and congressional pressure to stop hiring fired employees, in July 2017 the IG released a new report showing more than 200 previously terminated employees were rehired between January 2015 and March 2016. Reasons for their termination or suspension included not filing tax returns and improperly accessing taxpayer records.

"This is an issue Senator Richard Burr has long sought to resolve. Earlier this year, he introduced S. 1643, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act. This commonsense legislation will prevent the IRS from rehiring terminated employees.29 All federal agencies, including the IRS, should hire the best and brightest for public service. An employee who was previously fired by a federal agency for bad behavior or performance should not be a top candidate for rehire."

Growls readers concerned about a responsible federal budget are encouraged to engage their members of Congress. Contact information is available at the Library of Congress' Congress.gov. Taxpayers living in Virginia's Arlington County can contact:

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-2023
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
  • Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376

Be sure to ask for a written response. And tell them ACTA sent you.

UPDATE (12/5/17): PJ Media's Nicholas Ballasy provides another analysis of Sen. Lankford's "Fumbles" report.

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