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Cramer: House Votes to End Abuse of Power at IRS, Other Agencies

Aug 1, 2013
Press Release

Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to reign in the IRS and other government agencies in light of recent abuse and corruption revelations. The series of eight bills will, among other objectives, provide for the termination of IRS employees who use their positions for political purposes, implement a moratorium on conferences at the agency, and establish an IRS Commissioner to ensure taxpayer rights are protected.

“The Obama administration has seriously betrayed the public trust with their poor handling of the IRS debacle and other government scandals. Top IRS officials like Lois Lerner, who oversaw the tax-exempt organization program, not only still have their jobs, but are on paid administrative leave. The House is stepping up to implement the kind of immediate action and rigorous oversight the executive branch has failed to provide,” said Cramer. “This legislation results from nearly 100 oversight hearings conducted by the House, which are still ongoing.”

Three of the bills passed deal directly and exclusively with the IRS, while the other five address broad problems in all federal agencies.

IRS oversight

The Stop Targeting our Politics IRS Act provides for the termination of IRS employees who use their position for any political purpose, including targeting a specific political group.

The Stop Playing on Citizens’ Cash Act creates a moratorium on IRS conferences until the agency adopts reforms recommended by the Inspector General to prevent future abuse and protect taxpayer funds.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act establishes an IRS Commissioner whose main duty is to ensure taxpayer rights of privacy and confidentiality are protected at the agency.

Federal government oversight

The Government Spending Accountability Act places limits on spending for taxpayer-funded federal conferences, and limits on the attendance of international conferences.

The Common Sense in Compensation Act limits the routine of awarding bonuses to top federal officials by capping both their size and frequency.

The Government Customer Service Improvement Act addresses the problem of poor customer service at federal agencies by requiring the use of public feedback in personnel and agency reviews.

The Government Employee Accountability Act allows agencies to place employees on unpaid leave instead of paid leave when they are under investigation for serious offenses.

The Citizen Empowerment Act protects the right of citizens to record exchanges with federal officials during enforcement activities.