While an award program for Internal Revenue Service employees complies with federal regulations, some employees with tax and conduct issues received awards, according to a report released publicly by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

“These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance,” said TIGTA Inspector General J. Russell George. “However, while not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration,” he added.

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