IRS Employees Getting $70 M in Bonuses

IRS Employees Getting $70 M in Bonuses

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The scandal-ridden Internal Revenue Service is doling out $70 million in employee bonuses, despite the White House’s directive to cancel bonuses due to sequestration, according to information obtained by the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Grassley told the Associated Press that the IRS, which has spent the last month embroiled in controversy over its targeted scrutiny of conservative nonprofits and its $49 million in conference spending, would pay the bonuses because of an agreement with the employees' union.

"The IRS always claims to be short on resources," Grassley said. "And it appears to be making an extra effort to give the bonuses despite opportunities to renegotiate with the union and federal instruction to cease discretionary bonuses during sequestration."

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Brianna Ehley is the former Washington Correspondent for The Fiscal Times. She is currently a reporter on Politico's health care team in Washington, D.C.