A new Inspector General report for the IRS
finds that some employees have racked up impressive (shall we say) expenses for traveling to and from Washington, D.C.
Here are some of the figures for the "travel" days for the executives in 2011 and the associated expenses:
Executive A - 290 days - $88,951
Executive B - 238 days - $115,806
Executive C - 213 days - $105,127
Executive D - 172 days - $135,333
Executive E - 179 days - $47,322
Executive G - 193 days - $86,433
Executive K - 174 days - $64,521
Executive L - 173 days - $62,233
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that some of these folks are actually commuting to work in the nation's capital, and charging us for it.
Jamie Dupree of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
, who broke the story, notes that the report on executive travel found "no evidence of wrongdoing." Au contraire - I would argue that, although nothing in the report itself alleges illegality or any breach of IRS regulations, that fact is a scandal in itself. Like so much in DC, the outrage here isn't what's illegal, it's what's permitted.
Were these people so uniquely valuable to the agency that we needed to subsidize these travel costs in order to have the benefit of their services? Were there special situations that legitimately prevented them from relocating to the place where they work? Or were federal government employees once again providing an example of the Beltway's reflexive contempt for the taxpayers who subsidize their oh-so-privileged lifestyles?