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IRS Scandal: Oversight from Washington, All Along
National review Online ^ | May 21, 2013 | Elias Johnson

Posted on 05/22/2013 7:24:32 PM PDT by lbryce

From the outset, Internal Revenue Service lawyers based in Washington, D.C., provided important guidance on the handling of tea-party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, according to both IRS sources and the inspector general’s report released in mid May.

Officials in the Technical Unit of the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements office played an integral role in determining how the targeted applications were treated, provided general guidelines to Cincinnati case workers, briefed other agency employees on the status of the special cases, and reviewed all those intrusive requests demanding “more information” from tea-party groups. At times, the Technical Unit lawyers seemed to exercise tight control over these applications, creating both a backlog in application processing and frustration among Cincinnati agents waiting for direction.

An IRS employee who asked not to be identified tells National Review Online that all members of the agency’s Technical Unit are based in Washington, D.C. A current list of Technical Unit managers provided by another IRS employee shows that all such managers are based at the agency’s headquarters on Constitution Avenue in the District of Columbia, and the IRS confirmed, in a testy exchange with National Review Online, that the Technical Unit is “based in Washington.”

Advertisement According to the IRS source, who is based in Cincinnati, complex cases are routinely elevated to the Technical Unit for guidance. Many of the questions that agents sent to groups most likely came “from Tax Law Specialists — lawyers — in D.C.,” the Cincinnati employee explains. “With tea-party cases, questions from the Tax Law Specialists were way too aggressive,” he says. The Washington Post described these lawyers as parsing “the murkier, more complex applications” — including those of tea-party groups.

This account comports with the one laid out in the inspector general’s report, although this aspect of the report has been neglected in much of the press coverage. On May 17, 2010, according to the IG report, Determinations Unit specialists in Cincinnati handling tea-party applications were instructed to “send additional information request letters to the Technical Unit for review prior to issuance.” Ten days later, the Technical Unit “began reviewing additional information request letters prepared by the Determinations Unit.”

The IG report indicates this became a source of frustration, and specialists in Cincinnati pressed for a streamlined approach. “Why does the Technical Unit need to review every additional information request letter when a template letter could be approved and used on all the cases?” they asked via e-mail. The Washington unit rejected this approach and, in February 2011, was developing individualized letters itself. According to the IG report, an update from the Technical Unit acting manager to the Determinations Unit manager indicated, “Letters were being developed and would be reviewed shortly.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; 201005; 20100517; 20100527; 201102; cincinnati; determinationsunit; dncrico; igreport; inquisitors; intimidation; irs; irsrico; irsscandal; lawyers; obama; obamarico; politicalpersecution; ratbastards; religiouspersecution; rico; snooping; spying; teaparty; technicalunit
I've got to think Obama is so arrogant, self-eluding that he actually thought he'd get away with probably the worst scandals in American history, initiated, orchestrated with his full permission and knowledge. Obama, in his special wing among the Pantheon of History's Worst Dictators/Fascist Gods, a special plaque will commemorate his undoing in that like all megalomaniacs he has a genetic disposition to overlook one fundamental aspect that is the undoing of all men like him, not remembering the discipline required to be an absolute Rasputin, not putting into practice the necessity of having boundaries, pushing his agenda no matter how improbable, how
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

1 posted on 05/22/2013 7:24:32 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

It’s the perfect storm! Enjoy it!


2 posted on 05/22/2013 7:27:34 PM PDT by agincourt1415 (Nobody was killed at Watergate)
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To: lbryce

When Obama was sworn in in 2009 ,he thought the country was his and would answer to no one


3 posted on 05/22/2013 7:30:35 PM PDT by molson209
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To: lbryce

Betting that in less than a year there will be three more scandals that will eclipse the IRS scandal, and the fingerprints will all trace back to the administration.


4 posted on 05/22/2013 7:33:29 PM PDT by lurk
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To: lbryce

Where is the outcry from the MSM on these blatant law violations? Remember the MSM’s outrage back in the Nixon days when it was even hinted that the IRS might be used against Nixon’s enemies? Nixon actually didn’t do it, but the Kenyan fraud actually has!


5 posted on 05/22/2013 7:34:19 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Here is the link to the article (Video)

MSNBC Anchor: ‘Everybody Knew About’ IRS Scandal ‘Long Before the Election’

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/05/22/Former-DNC-Spokesperson-Finney-Everyone-Knew-About-IRS-Before-Election

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3022753/posts


6 posted on 05/22/2013 7:41:47 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: lbryce
"According to the IRS source, who is based in Cincinnati, complex cases are routinely elevated to the Technical Unit for guidance. Many of the questions that agents sent to groups most likely came “from Tax Law Specialists — lawyers — in D.C.,” the Cincinnati employee explains. “With tea-party cases, questions from the Tax Law Specialists were way too aggressive,” he says. The Washington Post described these lawyers as parsing “the murkier, more complex applications” — including those of tea-party groups."

Who are these people in the "Technical Unit?"

How many are there?

How many donated to Obama?

How many volunteered for Obama for America? Just like...Ronald C. Machen.

The US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen - the man responsible for the aggressive surveillance and phone record scrutiny at Fox News - is also a big donor to the Obama Campaigns.

7 posted on 05/22/2013 7:44:05 PM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: lbryce

There should be another plaque commemorating the few good Black people that stood up, said this man was wrong got racially shredded by this POS and his Kapos on the CBC


8 posted on 05/22/2013 7:48:53 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: lbryce
Some one very astute with polling data should be able to make a convincing case that Zero would not have been reelected in 2012 if BehghaziGate and IRSGate were disclosed to the LIV crowd at the same level known today, back in 2012 before the election. What I am trying to say is if the WH clown administration had not LIED to the American LIV both overtly in BenghaziGate and by omission in IRSGate, the outcome of Nov 2012 would have been different.
9 posted on 05/22/2013 7:49:51 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: lbryce

10 posted on 05/22/2013 7:51:48 PM PDT by Route395
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To: agincourt1415
I wholeheartedly share your celebratory gusto, exultant triumphalism with the greatest of ebullience in reference to what is going on, will occur, as the coming 'Republican Christmas'. but you would not believe the naysayers whose comments espouse a downtrodden, dour negativity about the perfect storm they claim will never arrive that is rather disheartening to read.

I think you're the only one who has shared my enthusiasm, one that has given me reason to believe the current administration ought to be battening down the hatches while we place orders for the Beluga and Cristal. :-)

11 posted on 05/22/2013 7:53:45 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: Smokeyblue

From page 2 of the article
An organizational flow chart (http://c6.nrostatic.com/sites/default/files/pic_article_052113_IRSorgchart.jpg) included in the IG report indicates that the manager of the Technical Unit, who lodged the request, is based in Washington.


12 posted on 05/22/2013 7:54:34 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Nachum; maggief; onyx; penelopesire; SE Mom

New information ????


13 posted on 05/22/2013 7:59:33 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

You know, the head of the NAACP severely castigated Obama for his abject apathy in helping his black brothers in these times of distress and the way he hasn’t shown the slightest interest in their welfare.


14 posted on 05/22/2013 8:03:50 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: lbryce

These people deserve to spend their lives in prison
after waterboarding at Guantanamo.


15 posted on 05/22/2013 8:09:47 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: molson209
When Obama was sworn in in 2009 ,he thought the country was his and would answer to no one


16 posted on 05/22/2013 8:20:22 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Whenifhow
"Everyone knew about this long before the election," she[former DNC spokesperson, Fenney] claimed during a Wednesday panel discussion.

Everyone knew? By everyone, she must mean Dem's. The IRS was busy telling Repub Congressmen that nothing was going on.

Maybe Issa needs to call on her next.
17 posted on 05/22/2013 8:26:54 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Whenifhow
B T T T ! ! ! ©

18 posted on 05/22/2013 8:34:20 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: molson209

When he truly answers to someone, let me know. I’m trying to think to whom he might feel compelled to answer.


19 posted on 05/22/2013 8:39:40 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: Windflier

Obozo praying to Satan?


20 posted on 05/22/2013 8:40:26 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: agincourt1415

Of course Barry knew nothing. Nothing.


21 posted on 05/22/2013 8:46:22 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: hoosiermama; Nachum

PA – R – Patrick Meehan

Meehan asks IRS officials: “Where is the accountability?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9DaIG8UwdY

Determination unit had made requests to DC – yes –
Technical unit is located in DC

From article - paragraph 2

Officials in the Technical Unit of the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements office played an integral role in determining how the targeted applications were treated, provided general guidelines to Cincinnati case workers,


22 posted on 05/22/2013 9:13:42 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: SoldierDad
Obozo praying to Satan?

No. To himself.

23 posted on 05/22/2013 10:02:21 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: molson209

Has he had to answer to anyone?


24 posted on 05/23/2013 1:40:24 AM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: Route395

“Some people will assume I’ve done something wrong. I have not.”

“People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I am not a crook.”


25 posted on 05/23/2013 1:49:45 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Cheerio
Remember the dinosaur media telling us in 2012 how the Tea Party was dead, that the movement had petered out, . . . ?

You are darn right. There is no question that Hisself turned every available federal agency into an arm of His campaign.

If for no reason other than self-preservation, the GOP MUST deal with this usurpation, this excuse of a President.

26 posted on 05/23/2013 2:21:00 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Repeal the 17th Amendment.)
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To: Jacquerie
I am very concerned that if the GOP-e leadership does not show more aggressiveness against this culture of corruption now running rampant in the WH, they will lose the House to San Francisco values once again. IF THAT OCCURS, it is the end of the GOP.
27 posted on 05/23/2013 7:00:32 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: lbryce

28 posted on 05/23/2013 7:35:49 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Windflier

He’s too damned full of himself to be Satan.


29 posted on 05/23/2013 7:46:47 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Windflier; SoldierDad

SoldierDad: Obozo praying to Satan?

Windflier: No. To himself.


The difference????


30 posted on 05/23/2013 10:11:38 AM PDT by Peet (Come back with a warrant.)
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To: Peet

Satan would be much a much more intelligent individual. He would not make as many mistakes as this clown has. The only reason Obozo isn’t embroiled in impeachment hearings is because the media keeps saving his arse. Satan wouldn’t need the media.


31 posted on 05/23/2013 10:19:34 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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