A handful of top executives at the Internal Revenue Service ran up “extremely high travel expenses” in 2011 and 2012, according to a new report from Treasury Department inspector general J. Russell George.
The report indicates that these executives work primarily in Washington, D.C., but live elsewhere, and fly to Washington routinely. In 2011 and 2012, twelve IRS executives spent over 200 days traveling each year; in some cases, the number of travel days they logged actually exceeded the number of business days in the calendar because they remained in “travel status” on weekends and holidays.
Tucker last month came under fire at a House Oversight Committee hearing when she was grilled about her knowledge of the agency’s targeting of tea-party groups. She became aware of it in a meeting with TIGTA in May 2012 but did not take action. Her exchange with Ohio congressman Jim Jordan is below: