More questionable government spending in Las Vegas

April 19, 2013

Yesterday, Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) of the House Committee on Ways and Means sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) asking why IRS employees were attending union training conferences using taxpayer dollars. This news came after the IRS informed employees that they would have to take between five and seven days off without pay, due to the sequester.

In the letter, addressed to IRS Acting Commissioner Steve Miller, Chairman Boustany inquired why IRS officials had allowed union members to spend 20.5 hours of official paid time engaged in union training. The training in question was run through the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and was supposed to take place between March and May of this year.

Following in the General Service Administration’s footsteps, the five conferences took place in locations across the country including New Orleans, Louisiana, Nevada, and Las Vegas. According to the Washington Examiner, one conference took place at the Flamingo Casino on the VegasStrip, which is known for its “Margaretville Casino.”

Also included in the documents given to the committee, was a letter in which the IRS encouraged its employees to use their Citibank Government Card to charge travel expenses. In his letter, Chairman Boustanysaid, “IRS employees leaving their official duties to attend union training in Las Vegas on the taxpayer’s dime – while other employees are being furloughed – seems questionable at best.”

We agree.

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