Kelly Ayotte, a republican senator from New Hampshire, and Claire McCaskill, a democratic senator from Missouri, recently introduced a bill, which would not allow bonuses to be paid to federal employees with conduct violations or other problems with respect to their agency and/or the law. The bill is currently known as the “Stop Federal Wasteful Bonuses Act.” It comes in wake of recent controversy brought to light regarding the IRS where it was determined they paid out substantial bonuses to their employees even though many of those that received bonuses had back taxes and conduct issues with the agency. In a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), $2.8 million was given to 2,800 federal employees with conduct violations from 2010 to 2012. Additionally, 1,100 of those employees who received over $1 million of that amount worked for the IRS and had tax compliance issues.
If passed, the bill would prevent the head of an agency from giving out bonuses in a situation where an employee has serious misconduct issues that could get them suspended or fired and any violations of the law, which would result in a prison sentence exceeding one year. A special provision is also included in the bill, which would give any accused employees right to notice and a hearing, but if a violation is determined they would have to give back any bonuses received in the given year. McCaskill thinks this bill could be a wise step towards attempting to restore taxpayers’ confidence that the government is spending their money wisely. Feel free to read more here –
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