House Passes Bill Preventing IRS From Rehiring Fired Employees

Legislation that would prohibit the IRS from hiring employees that were let go for misconduct has taken another step forward in Congress.

The House passed a bill this week that would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from rehiring employees it previously let go for misconduct.

The Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2018 (H.R. 3500) states:

The Commissioner may not hire any individual previously employed by the Commissioner who was removed for misconduct under this subchapter or chapter 43 or chapter 75 of title 5, United States Code, or whose employment was terminated under section 1203 of the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998.

The bill is sponsored by Kristi Noem (R-SD). The bill was put forward in the last Congress and passed the House then as well, but ultimately failed to become law.

Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate but has so far not advanced.

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