IRS Scandal Ongoing: Sweeping Bad News Under the Rug.

The Internal Revenue Service, in Washington, DC.

The IRS scandal continues, in which the agency was accused of discriminating against Tea Party political organizations from approximately 2010 to 2012. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has become the most recent casualty of the scandal as he faces accusations of covering-up for the dirty deeds, specifically where the disappearance of vital e-mails between IRS leaders from that time period is concerned. According to IRS sources, the hard drives containing archives of e-mails from former IRS official Lois Lerner have been “lost” and possibly destroyed.

As Fox News reports:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is facing accusations of a “cover-up” over the Tea Party targeting scandal, after claims surfaced that ex-official Lois Lerner’s hard drive was destroyed and emails from several other officials also have gone missing. 

The commissioner is set to face lawmakers at a Capitol Hill hearing on Friday before the House Ways and Means Committee. GOP lawmakers are furious after learning a week ago that many Lerner emails from a two-year period supposedly have disappeared.

To boot, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he’s been told that Lerner’s hard drive was simply destroyed. 

“They just got rid of it,” he told Fox News. “It really looks bad and I’ve got to say it looks like a cover-up to me.” 

This may be unfortunate coincidence. It is possible the hard drive was removed and/or destroyed as part of normal procedure. But I am highly skeptical, because I do not trust any bureaucracy to tell the truth, especially where negative implications are involved.I have discussed this here. It rarely pays for a bureaucratic agency to tell the truth when it involves bad news.

The prime directive of every bureaucracy is this: “Sweep all bad news under the rug.” The very essence of the bureaucratic mentality is stability and tenure; a job without risk, so long as all the boxes are checked and the rules are followed. Bad news and negative publicity rocks the boat and threatens little bureaucratic empires and cushy tenured positions that bureaucrats spend years entrenching themselves into. Bad news and negative press are the last things they want. So, whenever any internal scandals arise, these agencies will do everything possible to sweep them under the rug and out of sight.

This is what the IRS is doing now. They are circling the wagons. They are going to stonewall and delay all cooperation for as long as possible, until the public memory of the scandal begins to fade. While the public is still cognizant of the scandal and mildly outraged, the IRS needs to avoid allowing any major revelations of wrongdoing to emerge. Evidence of wrongdoing + public outrage = potential action against the agency, which is bad, bad news for entrenched bureaucrats.

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