IRS Drama: Free Food Is the Latest Embarrassment
The IRS scandal is starting to trickle down the hierarchy, as two employees have been placed on leave after accepting free food at a 2010 conference in Anaheim. The Anaheim conference is the subject of a hearing today on Capitol Hill, where Congress is continually feuding with the agency.
The free food violates the government’s ethics standards, according to an unnamed congressional aide. One of the employees worked in the division handling the President’s healthcare law. The employees accepted $1,100 in free food at the conference which cost the IRS over $4.1 million, making it the most expensive in the chain of 225 gatherings the IRS held between 2010 and 2012. The total cost of these conferences was $49 million.
The Anaheim conference was the site of the now infamous “Star Trek” parody, where employees dressed up as characters from the show and acted out various scenes. Faris Fink, commissioner of the division that ran the event, is slated to testify in Congress along with acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel. Fink appeared in the “Star Trek” video as Spock and stayed in a president suite while in Anaheim.