IRS: Holly Paz - what part did she play?
A few weeks ago during a public hearing IG J. Russell George was asked regarding the 41 interviews his staff had held with IRS employees during the audit:
"Why was Holly Paz (from the IRS) at almost all of the interviews you conducted?
The IG's response was: "I am unaware of it. This is the first time I have heard this." And then the IG said he would look into it. Several weeks have passed and I have found nothing further on line about this. I assume the IG is still looking into it.
According to reports, Holly Paz sat in on 36 of the 41 interviews the IG's staff conducted during their audit. As best I can determine, Holly Paz was the former director at the tax exempt office in Cincinnati. She was then promoted to the IRS office in Washington DC. In March 2012 when Acting IRS Commissioner Miller told Nancy Marks (Senior Tech Advisor in the Wash Office) to go to Cincinnati and check out what was going on, Holly Paz accompanied her and assisted in the internal investigation. Six weeks later (May 3, 2012) Nancy Marks gave an oral report to Miller on her findings. When asked during the hearing what those findings were, Miller could not recall nor could he remember the names of the people Nancy Marks said were involved.
Recently Holly Paz was interviewed by Issa's committee, but it was behind closed doors and not at a public hearing. So far, I have found no information on line as to what the committee learned from Holly Paz.
Recently Issa's committee interviewed behind closed doors (not publicly) 4 IRS employees from the Cincinnati office. They held various positions including "manager". According to Issa, those 4 Cincinnati employees they received orders from the Washington DC office.
It is now June 4. As far as we know, we know nothing about Holly Paz' involvement because she has not testified at a public hearing. We don't know why as an IRS director in Washington DC that she was allowed to sit in on 36 interviews conducted in the IG audit. We don't know why the IG did not know she had sat in on those interviews. Mr. George has some explaining to do.
Granted, because it was an audit the employees were not under oath, but it seems odd that their former boss would sit in on their interviews.