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If you’ve been following the IRS Scandal involving IRS employees denying tax-exempt status to a number of non-profit groups opposed to President Obama’s political agenda, you’re familiar with the name Lois Lerner — especially if you’re familiar with the IRS claim that it had “lost” all of the senior manager’s, and many of her associates‘, e-mails related to the scandal.
But what you may not have known is that some of the e-mails unrelated to that scandal have exposed another: an IRS employee who is being paid a six-figure salary for doing nothing — not even the task to which they are assigned. The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard reports:
The House Ways and Means Committee said that emails from former IRS executive Lois Lerner, being probed for her involvement in the agency’s targeting of conservatives, show she vented at being blocked from firing one worker who did “nothing,” yet still received up to $138,136 a year….
In a 2011 email recently uncovered by the committee, Lerner wrote to colleagues that she “learned than [an] employee who is assigned to a special project has spent most of the last year doing nothing and reporting to her manager on timesheets that she has been working on the project full time.” The worker was paid $106,263–$138,136.
Lerner said that “We can’t do anything” about the worker, though some argued for termination, explained Boustany’s letter. Instead, the unnamed worker was given a lower performance rating.
Must be nice to “work” for a major government agency where there is no accountability for misconduct.