Four Republican senators have introduced a bill aimed at keeping former Internal Revenue Service workers with a disciplinary record from rejoining the agency.
Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) brought legislation to the floor on Jan. 12 that would prevent the IRS from rehiring fired employees.
Burr, the bill’s sponsor, said screening at the IRS has gotten so bad that the agency at one point hired a former employee whose personnel file was stamped “do not rehire.”
“IRS employees who were fired for serious offenses and gross misconduct like fraud, falsification of documents, and unauthorized access to taxpayer information shouldn’t be allowed back in the agency at all,” said Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.