Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel is placing two officials on administrative leave for violating government ethics rules at a 2010 conference.
“When I came to IRS, part of my job was to hold people accountable,” Werfel said in a statement Wednesday.
Werfel didn’t specify which staff members he disciplined but a congressional source tells POLITICO one official is Fred Schindler, the director of implementation oversight at the IRS Affordable Care Act office. The source said Schindler and the other staffer received $1,100 in free food and other items at the conference.
The disciplinary move comes ahead of a hearing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will hold tomorrow on a report that the IRS spent about $49 million on conferences between 2010 and 2012. Werfel is slated to testify at that hearing.
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