On July 24, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a final audit report entitled “The Internal Revenue Service Continues to Rehire Former Employees with Conduct and Performance Issues” that found over 200 of more than 2,000 former employees rehired by the IRS from January 2015 to March 2016 were previously terminated or separated from the IRS while under investigation for substantiated conduct or performance issues.
The TIGTA audit report found the IRS had not effectively updated or implemented hiring policies to fully consider past IRS conduct and performance issues before deciding to hire former employees, including those terminated or separated during an investigation of conduct and performance issues. Although the IRS follows specific criteria to disqualify applicants, past IRS employment history is not provided to selecting officials to consider when hiring.
In all, 213 former employers with conduct or performance issues were rehired by the IRS. The conduct or performance issues that led to these former employees – including some with access to sensitive taxpayer information – being terminated or resigning from the IRS included: failure to properly file Federal tax returns; falsification of employment forms; unauthorized accesses to taxpayer information; absences and workplace disruption; and failure to follow instructions. FULL ARTICLE