Recently, The Washington Times reported that officials working on a federal conservation task force may have taken a Caribbean vacation on the taxpayers’ dime.
Accountants don’t have the most exciting job, but they do have an important job. With a bureaucracy the size of the U.S. government, accountants are part of the system to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly.
Or at least they should be.
Last week, The Washington Times reported that state officials in Austin, Texas, were fighting with the school board over the construction of an upscale pre-school some are calling a “Taj Mahal for tots.”
Last week, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) announced a followup report on fraudulent tax refunds issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For the 2011 tax year, $3.6 billion in potentially fraudulent tax refunds were sent to at least 1.1 million individuals. The returns were filed using fake Social Security numbers and were sent to Lithuania, Ireland and Bulgaria.
Everybody loves swag.
But one division of the U.S. Marshals Service may love it a little too much. An inspector general’s report that found the Investigative Operations Division of the Marshals spent almost $800,000 on swag over the course of six years.