Covering Louisiana

Jul 10, 2014 5:58 PM by Dave Fields

Boustany calls for immediate firing of suspended IRS employee

Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., is calling for the immediate firing of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee who allegedly admitted to misusing his position with the agency.

The Washington Times is reporting that, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an IRS employee has agreed to a 100-day suspension after he acknowledged "using his job for political purposes."

According to the report, the unnamed employee agreed to the settlement after complaints had been made that the IRS agent used "the agency's help line to try to convince callers to vote for President Obama."

The OSC, in a press release, noted that it "is authorized to investigate allegations of Hatch Act violations" and to attempt to work out a solution with the employee accused of the infraction.

Boustany expressed his displeasure with the OSC's revelations about the IRS.

"The IRS's credibility depends on its perception as a nonpartisan, unbiased institution. Today, the American people agree the IRS is totally out of control. This latest development exposes a culture that tolerates or even encourages politically motivated activities, contrary to the agency's mission and purpose. This is inexcusable. If the IRS wishes to preserve what little credibility it has with the American people, they will immediately terminate this employee and conduct a thorough internal review into this matter," Boustany said.



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