You may recall a few months ago the revelation that IRS management had produced two "training" videos - one parodying Star Trek and the other spoofing Gilligan's Island.
Combined, those two videos cost the taxpayer $60,000. Now comes word that another video featuring IRS employees line dancing hs come to light.
The IG will release a report next week titled "Collected and Wasted: The IRS Spending Culture and Conference Abuses" and it will be the subject of a hearing before the House oversight committee on Thursday.
The latest recording cost about $1,600 and was produced to be shown at the end of a 2010 training and leadership conference held in Anaheim, Calif., said IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge. At a time when most government agencies are coping with across-the-board spending cuts by furloughing workers and finding other savings, that conference has become the target of a report a Treasury inspector general plans to release next week.
The report, called "Collected and Wasted: The IRS Spending Culture and Conference Abuses," will be the subject of a hearing Thursday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, that panel said Friday.
"Whether it is the tens of thousands of hard-earned taxpayer dollars spent to produce frivolous entertainment for agency bureaucrats, or the IRS's own admission that it targeted the American people based on their personal beliefs, the outrage toward the IRS is only growing stronger," Boustany said in a statement.
"Clearly this is an agency where abuse and waste is the norm and not the exception. It is clear that this is a broken agency that is empowered by a broken tax code. We need to fix this and make not only the agency, but the tax code, more effective and efficient."
In a written statement, the IRS said the video was "unacceptable and an inappropriate use of government funds." It said the agency has new policies in place "to ensure that taxpayer funds are being used appropriately."
In the video, various workers comment as colleagues practice their dancing in the background to music that sounds like "Cupid Shuffle," a 2007 hit by the performer Cupid. In the version obtained by The Associated Press, IRS employees' names have been erased.
At one point, one woman says, "And I thought doing the 'Star Trek' video was humiliating."
Humiliating for her, embarassing for the IRS, and enraging for the US taxpayer. The reason bureaucrats so arrogantly throw around taxpayer money is because few ever suffer the consequences of this kind of immoral waste. Holding conferences in Hawaii or Las Vegas staying at 5-star hotels, catering bills in the tens of thousands, organized excursions costing thousands more - this is the "cutlure" of spending abuses that points to an arrogance that should be eliminated from all of government service - along with the managers who perpetrate it.