This week there is a hearing covering the money the IRS has spent on expensive conferences -- including the Aug 2010 conference in Anaheim, CA, that cost taxpayers $4-million. (Nightly suites for $1,500+.) We've been seeing on the news the Star Trek spoof video IRS employees made that cost $60,000.
Remember the lame excuse for the slow processing of applications was that the IRS was understaffed and underfunded ? It appears the IRS had more fun spending taxpayer money on making videos and putting on conferences than the GSA did.
The newly appointed Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Warfel had this to say: "Many of the expenses associated with it were inappropriate and should not have occurred."
The IRS is sure getting a lot of mileage out of the word "inappropriate".
Who at the IRS was minding the store when all this expensive frivolity was happening?
Someone high in the IRS had to have OK'd spending the $4million. In Aug 2010, Doug Shulman was the IRS Commissioner. Maybe he was in a meeting at the White House and no one told him they were having such a fun conference in Anaheim.