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« Reply #300 on: June 12, 2013, 11:14:09 PM »

Your tax dollars hard at work.   Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes

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IRS Filmed “Mad Men” Parody CPE Video

The Internal Revenue Service filmed a “Mad Men”-themed continuing professional education video last year featuring an actor patterned after the Don Draper character in the popular AMC cable TV series.

The “IRS Training Video” was part of a series called CPE FY 2012 and was uploaded to YouTube by the actor, Michael R. Davis, as part of his ActingReelMrDavis channel on YouTube. Davis narrates the film noir-like black and white video as jazz music plays in the background, dressed up like the Draper character, who is played by Jon Hamm on TV. Davis has also performed as Danny in the stage musical “Grease” and as the dentist in “Little Shop of Horrors,” according to The New York Times.

In the IRS video, the Draper character talks about the “classics” of CPE training, perhaps in reference to the American Movie Classics cable TV channel that airs “Mad Men.” At times, he pauses to introduce the director of IRS Field Assistance, who apparently has been edited out of the video.

 “Imagine the brilliant colors of a painting, the haunting melody of music, or the hypnotic images of motion pictures,” he says at the beginning of the video, sitting on a sofa with an urban skyline shimmering in the background behind him. “The classics inspire our thoughts and challenge our senses. To effectively learn today, we must appreciate and understand the foundation of our past successes. That is why we are going back to the basics, to the cornerstone of our CPE training. We are taking what we have learned and building a framework for the future. Today I will be your instruction guide to our CPE 2012 training. Join me as we explore the classics and journey through our learning material. Welcome to CPE 2012.” Later he is shown in several other swanky apartment settings discussing the importance of customer service, seemingly with IRS field assistance employees as the intended audience.

The video has not yet caused much of an uproar like the “Star Trek” and “Gilligan’s Island” parody videos or the “Cupid Shuffle” music dance video that were shown to embarrassed IRS officials and ex-officials in a congressional hearing last week about excessive spending at IRS conferences (see IRS’s Mr. Spock Impersonator Apologizes for Inappropriate Parody and IRS Music Dance Video Released by Congress).One of them, the commissioner in charge of the IRS's Small Business/Self-Employed division, Faris Fink, admitted to playing the Mr. Spock character in the "Star Trek" spoof. Davis's acting in the "Mad Men" video is noticeably more professional than the IRS employees who lent their talents to the other videos.

The IRS's recently appointed acting commissioner, Danny Werfel, has pledged not to spend IRS funds on producing such videos in the future.
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« Reply #301 on: June 13, 2013, 01:53:53 PM »

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« Reply #302 on: June 14, 2013, 11:40:34 AM »

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« Reply #303 on: June 27, 2013, 02:26:40 PM »

And the plot sickens. 

Senior IRS manager invokes Fifth Amendment right before House committee
By Doug McKelway
Published June 26, 2013
FoxNews.com
 
For the second time in as many months, a senior IRS manager on Wednesday invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination, fueling perceptions of an agency in  crisis.

Greg Roseman, a Deputy IRS Director, spearheaded the awarding of the IRS's  largest contract in history to a company owned by a close friend of his, an action that is prohibited under government contracting regulations.

The company is Strong Castle, Inc., owned by Braulio Castillo. Castillo won several contracts totaling almost $500 million for IRS IT services in part on the basis of his friendship  with Roseman and by qualifying for two minority programs that allow disadvantaged applicants a better chance of winning lucrative government contracts.

Castillo qualified for one minority set-aside program by setting up his business in a disadvantaged area of northeast Washington D.C. The Small Business Administration program requires applicants to hire from within the economically disadvantaged community, but a House Oversight Committee report found that Castillo manipulated that requirement by hiring students from Catholic University. The school’s campus lies within the designated boundary, but its students are, on balance, far from disadvantaged.

He won entrance into another minority set-aside program run by the Veterans Administration that gives disabled vets certain advantages in federal contracting. His disability? An ankle twisted during football at the US Military Academy Prep School 27 years ago.

That prompted  a sarcastic reaction at Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing from a double amputee, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war vet. "I'm so glad that you would be willing to play football in prep school again to protect this great country. Shame on you, Mr. Castillo, shame on you," she said.

As evidence of their close friendship, the committee published text messages between  Roseman and Castillo. The two men apparently found kinship in using homophobic slurs. One exchange reads, "Paging Dr. homo."  The response reads, "Queerbait. How come u haven't called back? Ain't got all day. Lol."

Roseman is still employed by the IRS. That fact prompted a testy exchange between Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Beth Tucker, the IRS's Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support.

"Can you issue a statement by five o'clock today as to how someone who used this language in their official capacity as a government employee is still employed and drawing a paycheck?" Gowdy asked. "We are having discussions with our general counsel," Tucker responded.

On Friday, there will be more IRS focus on the Hill. The committee will vote whether it believes Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when she invoked that right, then abruptly proclaimed her innocence. It was a maneuver that some on the panel say amounted to waiving the right.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/27/senior-irs-manager-invokes-fifth-amendment-right/#ixzz2XSDlhaGj
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« Reply #304 on: June 27, 2013, 02:27:26 PM »



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And the plot sickens. 

Senior IRS manager invokes Fifth Amendment right before House committee
By Doug McKelway
Published June 26, 2013
FoxNews.com
 
For the second time in as many months, a senior IRS manager on Wednesday invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination, fueling perceptions of an agency in  crisis.

Greg Roseman, a Deputy IRS Director, spearheaded the awarding of the IRS's  largest contract in history to a company owned by a close friend of his, an action that is prohibited under government contracting regulations.

The company is Strong Castle, Inc., owned by Braulio Castillo. Castillo won several contracts totaling almost $500 million for IRS IT services in part on the basis of his friendship  with Roseman and by qualifying for two minority programs that allow disadvantaged applicants a better chance of winning lucrative government contracts.

Castillo qualified for one minority set-aside program by setting up his business in a disadvantaged area of northeast Washington D.C. The Small Business Administration program requires applicants to hire from within the economically disadvantaged community, but a House Oversight Committee report found that Castillo manipulated that requirement by hiring students from Catholic University. The school’s campus lies within the designated boundary, but its students are, on balance, far from disadvantaged.

He won entrance into another minority set-aside program run by the Veterans Administration that gives disabled vets certain advantages in federal contracting. His disability? An ankle twisted during football at the US Military Academy Prep School 27 years ago.

That prompted  a sarcastic reaction at Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing from a double amputee, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war vet. "I'm so glad that you would be willing to play football in prep school again to protect this great country. Shame on you, Mr. Castillo, shame on you," she said.

As evidence of their close friendship, the committee published text messages between  Roseman and Castillo. The two men apparently found kinship in using homophobic slurs. One exchange reads, "Paging Dr. homo."  The response reads, "Queerbait. How come u haven't called back? Ain't got all day. Lol."

Roseman is still employed by the IRS. That fact prompted a testy exchange between Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Beth Tucker, the IRS's Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support.

"Can you issue a statement by five o'clock today as to how someone who used this language in their official capacity as a government employee is still employed and drawing a paycheck?" Gowdy asked. "We are having discussions with our general counsel," Tucker responded.

On Friday, there will be more IRS focus on the Hill. The committee will vote whether it believes Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when she invoked that right, then abruptly proclaimed her innocence. It was a maneuver that some on the panel say amounted to waiving the right.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/27/senior-irs-manager-invokes-fifth-amendment-right/#ixzz2XSDlhaGj
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« Reply #305 on: July 03, 2013, 12:55:31 PM »

IRS' Lois Lerner Demands Immunity For Her Testimony
Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013
By Sandy Fitzgerald

IRS official Lois Lerner has a price for her testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee: Immunity.

"They can obtain her testimony by doing it the easy way … immunity," her attorney, William Taylor told Politico Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the committee passed a resolution declaring Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights on May 22, when she delivered a statement denying she did anything wrong before she refused to answer questions that could incriminate her, reports Human Events.

The committee vote was along a straight 22-17 party line split, with House Democrats disagreeing that she should have to testify about her role in one of the largest scandals to hit the Obama administration to date.

And while the committee agreed that Lerner, the former head of the IRS department that has admitted targeting tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax exempt status, should testify, Taylor said he doubts a full House will vote to hold her in contempt for refusing to testify.

“None of this matters,” he said. “I mean, nobody likes to be held in contempt of Congress, of course, but the real question is one that we’re fairly confident about, and I don’t think any district judge in the country would hold that she waived.”

The committee says Lerner, who remains on administrative leave after she refused to resign, is now obligated to answer its questions.

“The committee is entitled to Ms. Lerner’s full and truthful testimony without further conditions,” said panel spokesman Frederick Hill. However, he said the panel is willing to listen to a plea for limited immunity in the case.

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who is helping oversee the investigation on the IRS, said the panel still hopes Lerner will appear before the committee on her own and "gives us the truth and answers questions.

Jordan said it's too soon to think about whether Lerner could face contempt charges, but if Lerner comes in and asserts her Fifth Amendment rights again, "then you think about what the other options are."

Republicans on the Oversight Committee haven't decided when to call Lerner in.
If contempt charges are indeed filed, the matter will go to a federal judge, said Taylor. Criminal charges head to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and are not determined before Congress.

If the court finds Lerner didn't waive her rights, "then it's over," said Taylor. "And if the court finds that she did and orders her testify, then she goes to testify. There is no danger under any circumstances of her going to jail."

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« Reply #306 on: July 03, 2013, 12:58:07 PM »

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« Reply #307 on: September 12, 2013, 12:21:17 PM »

Emails show IRS’ Lois Lerner specifically targeted tea party
By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
Thursday, September 12, 2013
 
Newly released emails show that Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, specifically targeted tea party applications and directed they be held up in 2011 in order to come up with an agency policy.

The email, released by a House committee investigating the IRS, seems to counter Democrats’ arguments that tea party groups weren’t specifically targeted.

“Tea Party Matter very dangerous,” Ms. Lerner said in the 2011 email, saying that those applications could end up being the “vehicle to go to court” to get more clarity on a 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance rules.

In another email, from 2012, Ms. Lerner acknowledges that the agency’s handling of the tax-exempt applications had been bungled at the beginning, though she said they had taken steps to correct it.

“It is what it is,” she said in the email, released Thursday by the Ways and Means Committee. “Although the original story isn’t as pretty as we’d like, once we learned this [sic.] were off track, we have done what we can to change the process, better educate our staff and move the cases. So, we will get dinged, but we took steps before the ‘dinging’ to make things better and we have written procedures.”

That email suggests agency employees knew they had gone overboard in their scrutiny — despite top IRS officials telling Congress that there wasn’t any special scrutiny of conservative groups.

In another 2012 email, Ms. Lerner seemed to take sides in a battle between the Federal Election Commission and conservative group tax-exempt groups that were engaging in politics, saying that “perhaps the FEC will save the day.”

Ms. Lerner has been removed from her post at the helm of the tax-exempt organizations division, but has not been fired from the IRS.

She asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to testify to the House oversight committee earlier this year, though committee members argue that she may actually have waived that right and should be recalled and forced to answer questions.

In releasing the latest emails, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said they show a dangerous patter.

“There is increasing and overwhelming evidence that Lois Lerner and high-level IRS employees in Washington were abusing their power to prevent conservative groups from organizing and carrying out their missions,” he said. “There are still mountains of documents to go through, but it is clear the IRS is out of control and there will be consequences.”


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« Reply #308 on: September 23, 2013, 04:14:00 PM »

IRS Official at Heart of Tea Party Scandal Retires
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
Associated Press

Facing a possible firing, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency's tea party scandal retired Monday, ending one chapter in a ruckus that has engulfed the tax-collection agency since spring.

Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

A day after the hearing she was placed on paid leave at the age of 62.

Lerner's retirement came as a review board was set to propose that she be fired, said a statement by Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.

The board found "neglect of duties" during her tenure as director of the agency's exempt organizations division, and mismanagement consistent with an inspector general's report issued in May, Levin's statement said. The board, however, did not issue any findings of political bias or willful misconduct.

Lerner's lawyer did not respond Monday to a request for comment.

Republicans in Congress have repeatedly called for her to be fired. The IRS confirmed Lerner's retirement but said in a statement that privacy laws prevented it from commenting further about an individual employee.

Lerner is an attorney who joined the IRS in 2001. In brief remarks before she invoked her right not to testify before the House Oversight committee, Lerner expressed pride in her 34-year career in federal government, which has included work at the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission.

As director of the exempt organizations division, she oversaw 900 workers and a budget approaching $100 million.

Lerner's revelation at the May 10 tax conference set off a firestorm at the agency. President Barack Obama forced the acting commissioner to resign and much of the agency's top leadership was replaced. Three congressional committees and the Justice Department launched investigations.

"Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over. Far from it," said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. "In fact, there are many serious unanswered questions that must be addressed so we can get to the truth."

Lerner initially said the targeting was limited to agents working in a Cincinnati office that handled applications for tax-exempt status. Congressional investigations have since discovered evidence that IRS supervisors in Washington were aware that tea party applications were being delayed for years in some cases while the groups endured sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

However, investigators have released no evidence showing that anyone outside the IRS ordered the targeting or knew it was happening.

Levin said Lerner is "being held responsible for her gross mismanagement of the IRS tax-exempt division, which led to improper handling of applications for tax-exempt status, whether conservative and progressive."

"As has been the case in all aspects of the current IRS investigation, the IRS internal Review Board found no evidence of political bias in her neglect of duties," Levin said. "The basic overreaching premise of the Republicans that the IRS had an `enemies list' and was being influenced from the outside has been proven wrong again, as it has again and again."

On Monday, the IRS released a statement outlining some of the actions the agency has taken since the scandal erupted.

"Since May, the IRS has taken decisive actions to correct failures in exempt organizations management, replacing top leadership throughout the chain of command," the statement said. "In addition, IRS acting commissioner Danny Werfel created an accountability review board to fully review information to ensure proper oversight in handling personnel issues."

"The IRS is making important progress on fixing the underlying management and organizational deficiencies," the statement said. "Our goal is to restore the public's faith and trust in the tax system. We have sent nearly 400,000 pages of documents to Congress and facilitated dozens of employee interviews. We look forward to continuing to cooperate with Congress and other investigations."

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/23/IRS-official-at-heart-of-tea-party-scandal-retires
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« Reply #309 on: September 23, 2013, 07:41:07 PM »

IRS Official at Heart of Tea Party Scandal Retires
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
Associated Press

Facing a possible firing, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency's tea party scandal retired Monday, ending one chapter in a ruckus that has engulfed the tax-collection agency since spring.

Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

A day after the hearing she was placed on paid leave at the age of 62.

Lerner's retirement came as a review board was set to propose that she be fired, said a statement by Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.

The board found "neglect of duties" during her tenure as director of the agency's exempt organizations division, and mismanagement consistent with an inspector general's report issued in May, Levin's statement said. The board, however, did not issue any findings of political bias or willful misconduct.

Lerner's lawyer did not respond Monday to a request for comment.

Republicans in Congress have repeatedly called for her to be fired. The IRS confirmed Lerner's retirement but said in a statement that privacy laws prevented it from commenting further about an individual employee.

Lerner is an attorney who joined the IRS in 2001. In brief remarks before she invoked her right not to testify before the House Oversight committee, Lerner expressed pride in her 34-year career in federal government, which has included work at the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission.

As director of the exempt organizations division, she oversaw 900 workers and a budget approaching $100 million.

Lerner's revelation at the May 10 tax conference set off a firestorm at the agency. President Barack Obama forced the acting commissioner to resign and much of the agency's top leadership was replaced. Three congressional committees and the Justice Department launched investigations.

"Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over. Far from it," said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. "In fact, there are many serious unanswered questions that must be addressed so we can get to the truth."

Lerner initially said the targeting was limited to agents working in a Cincinnati office that handled applications for tax-exempt status. Congressional investigations have since discovered evidence that IRS supervisors in Washington were aware that tea party applications were being delayed for years in some cases while the groups endured sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

However, investigators have released no evidence showing that anyone outside the IRS ordered the targeting or knew it was happening.

Levin said Lerner is "being held responsible for her gross mismanagement of the IRS tax-exempt division, which led to improper handling of applications for tax-exempt status, whether conservative and progressive."

"As has been the case in all aspects of the current IRS investigation, the IRS internal Review Board found no evidence of political bias in her neglect of duties," Levin said. "The basic overreaching premise of the Republicans that the IRS had an `enemies list' and was being influenced from the outside has been proven wrong again, as it has again and again."

On Monday, the IRS released a statement outlining some of the actions the agency has taken since the scandal erupted.

"Since May, the IRS has taken decisive actions to correct failures in exempt organizations management, replacing top leadership throughout the chain of command," the statement said. "In addition, IRS acting commissioner Danny Werfel created an accountability review board to fully review information to ensure proper oversight in handling personnel issues."

"The IRS is making important progress on fixing the underlying management and organizational deficiencies," the statement said. "Our goal is to restore the public's faith and trust in the tax system. We have sent nearly 400,000 pages of documents to Congress and facilitated dozens of employee interviews. We look forward to continuing to cooperate with Congress and other investigations."

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/23/IRS-official-at-heart-of-tea-party-scandal-retires


She's not out of the woods yet.  If they convict her of giving out that data, they can revoke her retirement.

Of course, with the Administration basically covering this up, nothing will probably happen anyway.

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« Reply #310 on: September 24, 2013, 03:59:09 AM »

Wait, I thought this whole fracas was nothing but a big nothing, a big overblown difference in opinion?
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« Reply #311 on: September 24, 2013, 04:00:19 AM »

Wait, I thought this whole fracas was nothing but a big nothing, a big overblown difference in opinion?

That is what Obama and his slaves want everyone to believe. 
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« Reply #312 on: September 24, 2013, 07:25:00 AM »

A "phony" scandal would not have made her retire.
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