Lawmaker Questions IRS Over Use of Official Time

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By on April 19, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA) has sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Acting Commissioner Steve Miller inquiring about IRS employees leaving their official duties to attend union training conferences on the taxpayer’s dime.

Recently, the IRS informed its employees that, due to sequestration, five to seven days of furloughs would be implemented.  However, the Committee has learned that the IRS approved and agreed to pay employees who represent the union to spend 20.5 hours of official time to attend union conferences in New Orleans, Las Vegas and other locations.

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