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Living Large: IRS Spent $4.1 Million Dollars on a Single Conference in California

David3036 Wrote: Jun 04, 2013 2:06 PM
That's more than $1,500 per employee who attended the conference. Incredible! Remember when government offices used to have open office space and those ugly gray desks? No longer. When you walk into a government office today, about half of the employees are in private offices and others are in nicely furnished cubicles. They have the best of everything, including new computers, many with two monitors, and the latest software. There is never any sense that they can "make do" with less, even under sequestration. If they manage to spend less than budgeted, they go on a spending spree at the end of the fiscal year so their budget doesn't get cut for the following year. Remember, also, when a civil service career meant that you had to sacrifice high pay in exchange for job security? No longer. Now they have both -- pay that far outpaces the private sector and a top-heavy management structure that is only possible in government, where there's no profit motive. And they complain that their raises are too small or nonexistent, when in fact they get "step increases" each year just for having another year of experience. In the private sector we would call that a "raise," but they don't. They want raises on top of that. It's no wonder we had a taxpayer revolt called the Tea Party, which these IRS goons have tried their best to squelch.
Carlos7 Wrote: Jun 04, 2013 2:30 PM
Thanks for the Math Lesson ...

I suppose you do not work for the IRS.
Joe40 Wrote: Jun 04, 2013 2:39 PM
Welcome to the new, improved, IRS, where the ability to work a common calculator is a disqualified from holding a position.
Carlos7 Wrote: Jun 04, 2013 2:47 PM
That would once be thought a joke.

We marvel at Obamanation.
According to a report issued Tuesday by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration [TIGTA], the IRS spent $4.1 million dollars on a single conference in Anaheim, California for the small business and self-employed division. The conference was held in August 2010 and attended by 2,600 employees who stayed at Marriott, Hilton and Sheraton hotels.

TIGTA found through an audit of fiscal years 2010-2012 that the IRS had questionable expenses for "planning trips, outside speakers, video productions, and promotional items and gifts for IRS employees."

“Excessive spending by Federal agencies on management conferences has been highlighted by recent...