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U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly Calls for Investigatation of IRS Inspector General

Cites evidence of inappropriate partisanship by the IG.

Congressman Gerry Connolly has filed a complaint against the IRS inspector general. Congressional office photo
Congressman Gerry Connolly has filed a complaint against the IRS inspector general. Congressional office photo

Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania are asking for an investigation of the IRS inspector general.

The two have filed a complaint with the Integrity Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) asking the council “to investigate actions by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George that have called into question his independence, ethics, competence, and quality control.”

The two congressmen asked that “CIGIE’s Integrity Committee initiate a thorough review of the conduct of Inspector General J. Russell George based on the facts, evidence, and analysis contained in this letter. TIGTA produced a fundamentally flawed performance audit of the activities of the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division that harmed the public interest to such a severe extent that trust and confidence in TIGTA’s independence, ethics, competence, and quality control have been called into questions and its effectiveness is threatened.”

George was nominated by President George W. Bush. and confirmed by the Senate for the job in 2004.

In their 22-page letter of complaint, Connolly and Cartwright, both ranking members of subcommittees under the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, cited, “serious concerns over the troubling activities of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), including noncompliance with respect to conducting a performance audit in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).”

Connolly and Cartwright said congressional inquiries have called into question the objectivity, credibility, and independence of IG George’s audit work, noting that it has been “incomplete and, at times, outright misleading.”  They said IG George’s actions have called into question the credibility of TIGTA’s May 14 final audit report and “cast serious doubts about IG George’s integrity in directing this specific audit and responding to questions concerning its methodology and findings.”

In their letter of complaint, Connolly, who is ranking member of the Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Cartwright, who is ranking member of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs, also cited evidence of inappropriate partisanship by the IG. “IG George appears to have officially sanctioned audit processes and procedures that both in appearance and in reality indicate TIGTA’s Office of Audit was conducting an audit on behalf of, and in consultation with, Republican members – to the exclusion of Democratic members and staff.”

The letter of complaint was addressed to Beth Cobert, Deputy Director of Management at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Phyllis Fong, Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Joseph Campbell, Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Cobert is CIGIE’s Executive Chair; Fong is CIGIE’s Chair, and Campbell is Chair of CIGIE’s Integrity Committee.


Kathy Keith February 07, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Wow. It is clear that Connolly is trying to deflect from the real issue: the abuse that the IRS inflicted on American citizens. That simple. Our President has said there is not a "smidgen" of corruption, yet there has yet to be an investigation by DOJ. The lead attorney(as best we know)from the DOJ should have recused herself from the case as she is a "maxed out" donor to the Obama campaign. None of the victims have been interviewed by the DOJ-yet Obama has said there is not corruption. Anyone who watched the hearings yesterday knows that the IRS was targeting these people and we need to know what happened. Connolly is just carrying the mail for the administration on this.
Laura Calacci February 07, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Gerry Connolly is an OBAMA sycophant. He also thinks that the Benghazi scandal is phony. Jim Moran is retiring, thank God. I only wish Connolly would leave as well. But he is a big government fat cat. And his dentures look like HELL.
Molly Wise February 07, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Every American should watch Catherine Engelbrecht's testimony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxcMKtsm5BU Somehow Gerry Connolly can't find any problem with the harrassment that Ms. Engelbrecht endured, but grasps at straws to attack IG George. Gerry Connolly is keeping his reputation as a partisan hack intact.
michael criniti February 08, 2014 at 06:31 AM
Connelly is a horses a**. He was worthless in Fairfax County, thank God he's gone, and is equally worthless in congress. Yes, I too wish he would follow that carpetbagger moran back to Mass. Dems talk about the war on women, Connelly fired some good shots at Mrs. Engelbrech. Moron ! Another obama hack !
Erik Kengaard February 08, 2014 at 12:07 PM
One reason the country is in such a mess is that the low information voters of the 11th District keep sending go-along to get-along hacks (of both parties) to congress. Just to be balanced, the republican predecessor wasn't that great, either, especially in his foolish support for open borders, pre 9 11.
Erik Kengaard February 08, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Where is the link to the letter, and what are 3 specific charges contained in that letter.
Erik Kengaard February 08, 2014 at 12:30 PM
There are a number of reports at TheBlaze.com, including links to CSPAN coverage of the hearing in which Connolly distinguishes himself as a bully. Jordan made his final point: “Mr. Connolly wants us to believes that’s all a coincidence.” Unamused with Jordan’s line of questioning, an agitated Connolly shot back, insisting that he’s merely looking for evidence of the scrutiny being politically motivated. “You can believe it’s all a coincidence,” Jordan said. “I refuse to do so.”
Anderson February 08, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Mary Ann Barton publishes another Gerry Connolly political press release without researching the issue or contacting the target of Gerry's wrath. Back to Journalism Ethics 101 for her. See CSPAN video: http://bit.ly/1f4o1uj At 7:25 is a classic ass-whooping of a Congressman. To Gerry Connolly, "Fact Based Empirical Oversight" means Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
Kathy Keith February 08, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Whatever his complaint with the IG, it is difficult for anyone with any common sense to believe that being "visited, audited, or investigated" by at least five different government agencies after being left alone for twenty years is just a coincidence. It sure would be nice to see Patch investigate the facts behind this complaint.
Laura Calacci February 08, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Barton, as well as Patch's previous editor are both liberal democrats. Now AOL/HuffPo/Patch leadership has announced benefit cuts directly attributed to the cost of OBAMACARE. Jim Jordan owned Connolly in those hearings. And it is abundantly clear that those Tea Party groups were targeted for their political beliefs. Connolly thinks we are stupid.
Laura Calacci February 08, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Kathy, That is precisely why Patch is failing. I enjoy the "reston specific info" that is sometimes featured, but otherwise, it is just another aggregator.
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) February 08, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Erik, You can read the letter by clicking on the hyperlinks in either paragraphs 3 or 5.
john shroeder February 08, 2014 at 04:57 PM
"Follow the money" as was said in Watergate. If Boehner were worth his salt, we would have had a Special Committee for the IRS scandal and Connally could have been placed on the spit to roast. I wonder how much Connally got for this?
Skip Endale February 09, 2014 at 12:12 AM
Its true, far from coincidence that she never got a visit from anyone for 20 years and then all of a sudden all the agencies show up. that's fish. but how did she fly under the radar for twenty years is perhaps the more interesting question.
Laura Calacci February 09, 2014 at 07:10 AM
She wasn't flying under the radar. Most Americans NEVER encounter these agencies, thank God.
Carol Wood March 05, 2014 at 05:10 PM
He has been a most ineffective, dishonest representative in our local and federal government. An empty suit to be sure !

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