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Report: Pentagon Employees with Top Secret Access Have $730M in Back Taxes
The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 28, 2014 1:31 pm | BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff

Posted on 07/28/2014 7:12:38 PM PDT by drewh

Some 83,000 Pentagon employees and contractors who handle classified intelligence were found to have unpaid federal taxes totaling $730 million, which makes them more likely to “compromise classified information,” according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

At least 83,000 Defense Department tax delinquents “were determined eligible for secret, top secret, or sensitive compartmented information (SCI) clearances, or related interim clearances” despite their outstanding debts, according to the report.

Some of those with back taxes are likely security-cleared employees of the executive branch, legislative branch, and the intelligence community, due to the large scope of the GAO’s analysis.

Pentagon officials warned that “individuals having access to classified information pose a greater risk because they have more opportunity to actually compromise classified information than a person who is only eligible to access classified information,” according to the GAO.

The “GAO found that about 26,000 of the 83,000 DOD employees and contractors with eligibilities who owed taxes (about 31 percent) had access to classified information, and they owed about $229 million in federal taxes as of June 2012.”

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1 posted on 07/28/2014 7:12:38 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Can one have a top secret clearance and owe taxes?

I don’t think so.


2 posted on 07/28/2014 7:17:52 PM PDT by stanne
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To: drewh

Is 0 going to install ISIS and MB in their place?


3 posted on 07/28/2014 7:18:47 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: drewh

An average of $9,000?


4 posted on 07/28/2014 7:20:41 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: stanne

They could if the tax lien was after filed the background check was conducted.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 7:21:13 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: drewh

Only surpassed by IRS Employees who owe back taxes.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 7:21:14 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: drewh

Useless article.

No differentiation between vastly different security access levels.

Also no identification of how many fed employees and contractors are participating in the nationwide movement to stop paying taxes to the feds.

Just saying...;)


7 posted on 07/28/2014 7:22:26 PM PDT by sarasmom
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8 posted on 07/28/2014 7:26:21 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: stanne

Yes.


9 posted on 07/28/2014 7:26:52 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: drewh

IRS employees owe hundreds of millions, too. Why aren’t they in jail for nonpayment? Some animals are more equal than others.


10 posted on 07/28/2014 7:32:52 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: stanne

i did. but i also paid them.


11 posted on 07/28/2014 7:37:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: jsanders2001

But to maintain the security clearance, you are supposed to report adverse information like going into debt, having missed payments, etc.
Having a lien filed after the last review process and not reporting it is in and of itself a security violation. You’re supposed to report ALL adverse information - including debt like this. And unpaid tax debt is pretty obvious, whereas personal loans run up are harder to find.


12 posted on 07/28/2014 7:38:00 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: txrefugee

OK, one more time, - - - Just why is it that the IRS has not been ABOLISHED?


13 posted on 07/28/2014 7:48:34 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: tbw2

A tax lien is not considered that serious an infraction unless it’s high dollar. Anything low 4 figure and its not that big of a deal. Now criminal conduct, that’s an entirely a different matter. You write a hot check intentionally and you might get your clearance revoked.


14 posted on 07/28/2014 8:09:03 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: drewh

WTH is going on in this country???


15 posted on 07/28/2014 8:10:33 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: tbw2

A tax lien is not considered that serious an infraction unless it’s high dollar. Anything low 4 figure and its not that big of a deal. Now criminal conduct, that’s an entirely a different matter. You write a hot check intentionally and you might get your clearance revoked. Intentional, negligent or reckless behavior will get you in hot water.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 8:11:08 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: tbw2

Having worked around DoD, been a contractor, and for a short period been a GS employee....I will offer these observations.

When you go into the data of back taxes...it’s not the lowly GS7 to GS10 that typically owes the taxes. Its usually the higher guys GS12 to GS15. I would suggest that once you get past a certain threshold....you aren’t paying as much attention to your tax situation as you should.

I know of a number of contractors who went off to Iraq and Afghanistan and made way more than the cut-off point of money made overseas. Some tossed in thousands at the last minute into 410k options or IRAs for their wife. Some guys just kept rolling IRS-related debt over and over....arguing over certain points, and just digging themselves deeper each year.

Finally, if you look at the pay-level for Pentagon folks in the DC area....a GS13 makes $100,000 a year after four years. That’s a heck of a lot more than the pay situation back in the late 1990s. Big tax changes since 1990s? No. We haven’t done that much to the tax program.

So, we come to the interesting piece....as long as a guy admits his issues, and tells the security audit folks about his woes...that usually fixes everything. It’s like admitting drug usage, an affair, or a DWI. They might suspend the clearance for a month to sort things out....but they tend to route the guy back into the system.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 8:38:53 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

It’s so simple. Just eliminate about 60 percent of corrupt bloated government at all levels outside of those necessary in the military who would actually defend the homeland. Eliminate entire corrupt departments who spend tax payers money like drunken lotto winners etc.

It’s a win win for what’s left of middle America to have streamlined efficient country.


18 posted on 07/28/2014 9:06:49 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: stanne
Can one have a top secret clearance and owe taxes? I don’t think so.

Usually comes up during an investigation to either grant or renew the clearance - not always a show stopper if one has a plan/agreement with ones owed.

If they think the main workers are a threat, they should see some of the politicians, up to and including the president, who are a threat....

19 posted on 07/29/2014 3:22:21 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: drewh

Great, I bet the government could get any of these people do do anything they wanted them to if those tax evaders owe taxes.


20 posted on 07/29/2014 3:28:45 AM PDT by dforest
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To: drewh

If we gain control of the Senate in 2014, legislation should be passed to REQUIRE garnishing the wages of ANY Federal employee who owes taxes, and that would include members of the Legislative branch, as well.


21 posted on 07/29/2014 6:33:17 AM PDT by octex
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To: dforest

Great, I bet the government could get any of these people do do anything they wanted them to if those tax evaders owe taxes.
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Thing is, nefarious foreign agents can also get them to do what they want, with the payoff of their debts. When talking about Top Secret folks, that is very dangerous.


22 posted on 07/29/2014 6:46:06 AM PDT by octex
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