Earlier this week White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the president has made an “efficient and effective” government a “cornerstone” of his administration and that they take their role as “stewards of the taxpayer dollar very seriously.” But to cut the wasteful spending, you gotta move your muscle. There’s a brand new dance, it’s called the Carney Shuffle.
The Carney Shuffle
The Stewards Of Our Taxpayer Dollars:
IRS Issued More Than $11 Billion In Faulty Refunds: “The Internal Revenue Service issued more than $11 billion in faulty refunds through its Earned Income Tax Credit last year, according to an inspector general’s report released this week. Treasury Department Deputy Inspector General Michael McKenney found that the IRS has failed for the past two years to comply with a federal law requiring agencies to reduce payment errors to a rate of less than 10 percent. President Obama signed the statute in 2010.” (Josh Hicks, “IRS Paid Billions Of Dollars In Improper Refunds, Report Says,” The Washington Post, 4/24/13)
IRS Overpaid Upwards Of $13 Billion In Tax Credits: “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) overpaid between $11.6 billion and $13.6 billion in tax credits designed to help low-income families in fiscal 2012 , the Treasury Department announced in a report released Monday.” (Julian Hattem, “IRS overpaid up to $13.6B in low-income tax credits, report finds,” The Hill, 4/22/13)
IRS Wastes Millions On Conferences: “The Internal Revenue Service, already under fire after officials disclosed that the agency targeted conservative groups, faces increased scrutiny because of aninspector general’s report that it spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.” (Alan Fram, “Report: IRS spent $50M holding 220 employee conferences over three years,” The Associated Press, 6/3/13)·
The conferences included:
15 Outside Speakers Were Paid A Total $135,000 And Perks Included Baseball Tickets And Hotel Suites. “According to a statement from the House Oversight Committee, 15 outside speakers at the event were paid a total of $135,000 and many attendees were given perks including baseball tickets and suites at the hotel, the AP reported.” (Meghashyam Mali, “Report: Treasury finds IRS spent $50M on conferences in 3 years,” The Hill, 6/2/13)
“Cupid Shuffle” Video Made For “Entertainment” At Conference. “The already scandal-plagued IRS is about to once again feel the political heat from lawmakers — this time for getting its groove on to the ‘Cupid Shuffle’ on the taxpayers’ dime. … The IRS shot the video for entertainment at a 2010 agency conference in Anaheim, Calif.” (Rachel Bade, “Dance video release puts IRS in hot seat,” POLITICO, 6/3/13)
$11K On “Happiness Expert”: “The IRS hired 15 speakers to present at the conference in Anaheim, Calif., including $11,430 for positive psychology guru Shawn Achor — referred to as a ‘happiness expert’ by the sources — to lead a 90-minute workshop” (Kelly O’Donnell and Andrew Rafferty, “2010 IRS Conference Featured ‘Happiness Expert,’ $17K Art Session,” CNBC, 6/4/13)
…And $17k For Art: $17,000 for artist Erik Wahl to hold a session that used painting as a learning tool, said those familiar with the report. (Kelly O’Donnell and Andrew Rafferty, “2010 IRS Conference Featured ‘Happiness Expert,’ $17K Art Session,” CNBC, 6/4/13)
IRS Video Production Unit Costs Taxpayers $4 Million A Year: “The Senate’s top tax-writer wants answers from the IRS about a ‘StarTrek’ spoof that the tax-collecting agency has now apologized for making. … Baucus also questioned why the IRS had a video production unit at all — especially at its reported $4 million a year price tag. The ‘Star Trek” parody and a separate takeoff on “Gilligan’s Island” cost around $60,000 in tandem, the IRS has said.” (Bernie Becker, “Baucus to IRS: How did the ‘Star Trek’ video happen? Who’s responsible?” The Hill, 3/27/13)
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