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IRS Spends $100 Million on Pricey Office Furniture, Runs Out of Money
FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/13/2014 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 05/13/2014 7:15:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Now that’s a good chair

The IRS with its nearly 100,000 employees is hard up for cash again. After blowing through $100 million on some rather pricey office furniture, the least popular three letter agency since the KGB wants more of your money.

The IRS has spent $96.5 million on office furniture under the Obama administration and is now claiming it has insufficient funding to adequately serve taxpayers.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the House two weeks ago about the IRS’ need for additional funding for the upcoming fiscal year. The IRS is currently seeking an increase of $1.2 billion—a 7 percent raise over its FY 2014 $11.29 billion budget. It would bring the agency’s FY 2015 budget to $12.48 billion.

Shouldn’t the average American be making 7 percent more money for the IRS to get a 7 percent raise? But that’s a silly question. Obama will just cut more health care benefits for vets, killing more of them, so the IRS can buy more expensive chairs.

Contracts also revealed that hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent solely on chairs for the IRS’ office in Haverhill, Mass. The contract shows $618,881 was spent on “Task Chairs Phase II.” That work was completed on Dec. 31, 2012. Due to the volume of contracts, the Free Beacon could not find the amount spent for Phase I of the task chairs project or if there were any additional phases after this second one.

The top three prime award contractors were Knoll, Herman Miller, and Haworth International. While some records did not give detailed information on the types of furniture purchased, the high-end retailers’ websites do give taxpayers a sampling of their products and costs.

Herman Miller has chairs that cost $1,209, and storage units that cost $1,749. Knoll’s chairs retail for $659. Another company awarded several contracts claims on its website it partners with “best interior products manufacturers” in the industry.

Nothing but the best for our overlords. Nothing but the worst for American veterans. Vets get healthcare that you wouldn’t give to a dog. IRS political operatives get 1,200 dollar chairs.

That’s life in Obamerica. And considering how progressive the IRS is, they deserve it.

66: The IRS score, out of 100, in a measure of employee morale by the federal Office of Personnel and Management.

76.6: The score in the Office of the Inspector General for Tax Administration, making it the 13th best place to work in government. This is the office that exposed special IRS audits of tea party and conservative groups.

85.7: The blissful score of the U.S. Army Audit Agency, which topped the survey.

65.5: Percentage of the IRS workforce that is female. In contrast, women make up only 43.5 percent of the federal civilian labor force and 46.8 percent of the civilian workforce. IRS employees are less likely to be white, 57 percent, compared with 66 percent in the federal bureaucracy overall and 73 percent of the civilian workforce.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events

1 posted on 05/13/2014 7:15:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

About 20 years ago the IRS tried to consolidate 19 separate computer systems and they wound up scrapping the whole project $4 Billion later. That’s a lot of audits.

2 posted on 05/13/2014 7:17:12 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Somehow, I’d feel better and safer if their computer systems just totally don’t work...

3 posted on 05/13/2014 7:18:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The way they’ve behaved, I think it’s a GOOD thing that they cannot properly serve taxpayers!

4 posted on 05/13/2014 7:22:19 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: knittnmom; SeekAndFind

Agree with both of you. We should encourage them to spend their money on nice furniture, upgrades to the cafeterias, better cars, sabbaticals, etc.

As President Reagan once said: It is a good thing we don’t get all of the government we pay for.

5 posted on 05/13/2014 7:37:24 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s called trickle down economics —

6 posted on 05/13/2014 7:38:04 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sitting here, in a $139.99 chair from Office Depot. It is very comfortable, nice looking, long lasting, etc. Why couldn’t IRS employees do the same?

7 posted on 05/13/2014 8:05:59 AM PDT by jch10 (The Democrat mascot shouldnÂ’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It would seem there should be enough government surplus furniture sold off by the GSA every year to take care of any agency’s needs. Given the current economy, and size of the deficit, Congress shouldn’t be appropriating any money for new furniture. Another example of the House Republicans failing in their duty.

8 posted on 05/13/2014 10:07:12 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Soul of the South; SeekAndFind
The last paragraph's a knee-slapper:

Personal Property for Reuse and Sale

Personal Property refers to tangible items ranging from common products, such as office equipment and furniture, to specialized apparatus, including scientific devices and heavy machinery.

GSA's Office of Personal Property Management helps federal agencies dispose of personal property that is no longer needed. At the same time, it helps other federal agencies and state, local, and public organizations acquire these items.

The public can purchase personal property that is not needed by federal agencies or by state and local organizations.

Government regulations mandate that federal agencies consider acquiring excess personal property first, before purchasing new items. Each year, this approach saves the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

GSA Surplus furniture

9 posted on 05/13/2014 10:22:05 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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