Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Analysis of Executive Travel Within the Internal Revenue Service (2013-IE-R007):
In FYs 2011 and 2012, there were 351 and 373 executives in the IRS, respectively. In FY 2011, the IRS spent approximately $4.8 million for executive travel. In FY 2012, spending for executive travel decreased to about $4.7 million. ... Overall, executive travel does not appear to be excessive. However, we noted that a small number of executives had extremely high travel expenses compared to the rest of the executives and that several executives frequently travel to the Washington, D.C., area to conduct day-to-day operations. Moreover, 12 executives (seven in FY 2011 and five in FY 2012) were in travel status for over 200 days.
The travel costs incurred by the individual executives varied significantly. The largest amount reimbursed to an executive was about $160,000 in FY 2011 and $146,000 in FY 2012. ... About 60 percent of the executives incurred $10,000 or less in travel expenses, while about 3 percent incurred more than $60,000.
- Accounting Today, IRS Spent Nearly $5M a Year for Executive Travel
- Bloomberg, IRS Executives Spent More Days on D.C. Travel Than at Home
- The Hill, Watchdog Finds IRS Executives Racked Up Six-Figure Travel Bills
- Politico, Pricey Travel Creates More IRS Trouble