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Guess Who's Getting $70 Million in Bonuses?
Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2013 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 06/19/2013 6:47:10 AM PDT by Kaslin

Despite being under heavy scrutiny from both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill and all over the country for inappropriately targeting conservative groups, IRS employees are about to receive $70 million in bonuses.

The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office has learned that the IRS is executing an agreement with the employees' union on Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office.

The directive was written by Danny Werfel, a former budget official who has since been appointed acting IRS commissioner.

"The IRS always claims to be short on resources," Grassley said. "But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses. And it appears to be making an extra effort to give the bonuses despite opportunities to renegotiate with the union and federal instruction to cease discretionary bonuses during sequestration."
And how is this even possible? Through unions and government bureaucracy.

Office of Management and Budget "guidance directs that agencies should not pay discretionary monetary awards at this time, unless legally required," IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge said in a statement. "IRS is under a legal obligation to comply with its collective bargaining agreement, which specifies the terms by which awards are paid to bargaining-unit employees."

Eldridge, however, would not say whether the IRS believes it is contractually obligated to pay the bonuses.

"In accordance with OMB guidance, the IRS is actively engaged with NTEU on these matters in recognition of our current budgetary constraints," Eldridge said.

The National Treasury Employees Union did not respond to requests for comment.

This news comes just as the quarterly taxes of Americans become due. As a reminder, Lois Lerner, the woman in charge of tax exempt groups during the time of the blatant Tea Party targeting, is still pulling a six figure paycheck while being put on "leave" just as summer begins. Must be nice! Not to mention during the time targeting occurred, Lerner received $42,000 in bonuses and raked in $740,000 in taxpayer funded salary between 2009 and 2012.

Keep working America, the IRS is depending on you.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: benghazi; bhoirs; biggovernment; corruption; democrats; demomcrats; fastandfurious; federalspending; fraud; impeachnow; irs; irsscandals; obama

1 posted on 06/19/2013 6:47:10 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Reward for persecuting conservatives.


2 posted on 06/19/2013 6:49:56 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Free Stuff, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Kaslin

They have barely begun to bone-us. Just wait.


3 posted on 06/19/2013 6:50:51 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Kaslin

IN YOUR FACE, AMERICA!


4 posted on 06/19/2013 6:53:52 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (23,116,441 households on Food Stamps! Now that's what I call HISTORICAL!!!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

...blood suckers...


5 posted on 06/19/2013 6:56:44 AM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: Kaslin
Why is the government paying bonus's in the 1st place?

They should all be canceled permanently.

6 posted on 06/19/2013 7:20:08 AM PDT by RdhseRat
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To: Kaslin

IRS Preparing To Hand Out $70 Million In Union Bonuses Says Sen Grassley (R) - Stuart Varney

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8ecOUgbe6g

How to hold Washington accountable using the Racketeer Influence & Corrupt Organizations Act
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3033039/posts
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55953


7 posted on 06/19/2013 7:27:19 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Kaslin
Putting all this in perspective, there are a great number of IRS employees actually represented by a union, and then there are the technical, administrative and management ranks who are PROHIBITED BY LAW from being represented by a union.

There may well be a legally binding agreement to pay those bonuses to the bargaining unit, but I'd say the law clearly prohibits using that deal as an excuse to pay any of the bonuses to the higher levels in jobs which are marked as CONFIDENTIAL.

It's also those higher level employees who did all the application reviews, and engaged in the skullduggery. One guy stands up in the Senate and condemns bonuses for the top staff ought to be all it takes.

Remember, the 1% crowd is still not all that popular anyway, and certainly the IRS 1% crowd is lower than whale ...., right?

8 posted on 06/19/2013 7:43:24 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin
Forget the scandal part...why the H E double L are they getting bonuses when the government is furloughing workers?
9 posted on 06/19/2013 7:47:45 AM PDT by beachn4fun (When one is fighting evil, it is never a pretty thing.)
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To: beachn4fun

We. Are. F**ked. This is nothing but BS!


10 posted on 06/19/2013 8:33:34 AM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: Kaslin
More EXTORTION of taxpayer money, via a corrupt Agreement between those "Public Employees", and their oversight "Public Employees", in exchange for them continuing to vote for the Handout Party, and DONATE their Union Dues to the DNC, also.

How Public Employee Unions are even allowed under RICO and Racketeering Statutes is beyond disgusting.

FIRE EVERY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE, and let's re-hire those who can stand on Merit, and FORBID Public Employees to join a Union Extortion Mob.

11 posted on 06/19/2013 9:19:37 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: Kaslin

I hate loathe and detest the IRS. Last line was so perfect.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 9:44:45 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: rhubarbk
We. Are. F**ked

More like raped!

13 posted on 06/19/2013 9:47:19 AM PDT by beachn4fun (When one is fighting evil, it is never a pretty thing.)
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To: beachn4fun

Actually you are spot on.


14 posted on 06/19/2013 9:58:51 AM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: Kaslin

This is insanity. How can these people be allowed to unionize? They work for us.

Does anyone know what’s going on regarding any further inverstigations? Are they bringing back the lady that took the 5th?


15 posted on 06/19/2013 10:33:23 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Kaslin

Shouldn’t we the investors get to vote on any bonuses?


16 posted on 06/19/2013 10:57:48 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

“Shouldn’t we the investors get to vote on any bonuses?”

We do, every second November.


17 posted on 06/19/2013 11:48:04 AM PDT by 22202NOVA (DoD civilian, retired Army. Furlough...the new "F" word.)
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To: 22202NOVA

I cannot guarantee universal voter fraud on a large scale, although there is evidence of it, but I do feel there was voter suppression. I don’t have much faith in the November results being accurate anymore.


18 posted on 06/19/2013 11:54:25 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Iron Munro
Reward for persecuting conservatives.

Imagine the bonus Obama will give them when they start ordering the cops to massacre your family.
19 posted on 06/19/2013 12:21:30 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: Kaslin

Is it really a bonus or is it commission.


20 posted on 06/19/2013 1:06:12 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: nikos1121

So far none of the people surfaced in the various IRS scandals is allowed by law to be represented by a union. That law has been on the books for decades!


21 posted on 06/19/2013 7:20:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

No it’s the foot soldiers who donate to the democratic party.


22 posted on 06/20/2013 4:02:28 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

but aren’t we concerned with the criminals? You can get very distracted wasting time busting down guys on the platforms and the janitorial staff


23 posted on 06/20/2013 6:02:12 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Are there any more hearings planned of these criminals?


24 posted on 06/20/2013 6:46:46 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

Yes.


25 posted on 06/20/2013 1:50:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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