One senator says the Internal Revenue Service is set to pay $70 million in bonuses for employees, over the objections of a White House mandate for all agencies to cancel discretionary spending — specifically, bonuses — due to looming automatic budget cuts.
“The IRS always claims to be short on resources,” Mr. Grassley said, in the AP report. “But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses. 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.”
The IRS, in response, issued a statement neither confirming nor denying the existence of the bonuses.