Perhaps an indication of the economic boom seeming to take place
in DC and few other places, the Internal Revenue Service is streamlining its hiring process, reports The Hill
, and approving new tax collectors at a rapid clip.
According to the Treasury Department, the IRS is meeting its goal of bringing on new hires in just shy of three months, or 80 days. This in contrast to 2009, when it reportedly took the agency roughly five months to obtain new staff.
The agency still faces a hiring freeze "for most positions," according to
the Treasury Department's report, but they're working around it by hiring in roles not affected by the freeze.
Conservatives might question whether any government agency should be expanding with the economy still flat. But it's been argued recently that having too few tax collectors is a false economy, since the IRS loses so much money in tax cheating. "The most recent IRS estimate shows a $385 billion shortfall in revenue, mostly from under-reported income," according to CBS.
Via The Hill