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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Whistle-Blower Decribes IRS Abuse (fwd)

>September 27, 1997
>Whistle-Blower Decribes IRS Abuse
>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The star of the Senate's IRS
>investigation was a Houston woman who put her career on
>the line by describing, in vivid terms, something terribly
>wrong within the tax collection agency.
>"Many agents are encouraged by management to pursue
>tax assessments that have no basis in law from
>individuals who simply can't fight back," Jennifer Long told
>a stunned Senate Finance Committee hearing. "I do feel
>taxpayers' rights are being violated."
>The Houston-based revenue agent said in interviews this
>week her decision to go public evolved from grievances
>against her Houston office managers. But she believes her
>problems at work highlight broader abuses of power.
>A defining moment in her 15-year IRS career came last
>November, when Long said "management" -- she won't
>reveal names -- sent an IRS inspector pounding on her
>door, ostensibly to retrieve case files. Long, who
>sometimes works from her house when doing field audits,
>contends the only reason the inspector was sent was to
>harass her.
>"That scared me. That was intimidating," Long said. "I felt
>they were out of control. These people will stop at nothing."
>Long, a blonde 46-year-old speaking calmly and directly in
>her Texas accent, said the "grievances and targeting of
>me started because I clearly was not a person that could
>be bought into getting other employees or trying to get the
>"I would say ... that my testimony is more like protection for
>myself," she said. The employment grievance became so
>bitter that Long feared her managers "want to destroy my
>professional reputation."
>IRS spokesman Henry Holmes in Houston said federal
>worker privacy laws prevent him from commenting about
>10 grievances Long said she's filed against management
>since July 1996.
>"She is free to say what she wants about her own
>personal situation," Holmes said.
>Long testified Wednesday, under oath, without her identity
>concealed. A former agent and five current ones
>addressed the committee the following day from behind
>cloth screens, their voices electronically scrambled.
>In her testimony, Long charged the IRS inspection division,
>which investigates employee wrongdoing, has been "used
>as a tool by management to harass and intimidate its
>employees." In addition, Long charged IRS management
>with "fabricating evidence against the taxpayer" to run up
>tax bills. She said he heard that in some cases friends of
>management were made off-limits for audits.
>IRS officials said they couldn't comment directly on the
>allegations but described them as extremely serious.
>Acting IRS Commissioner Michael Dolan ordered the
>agency's inspector general to investigate, as did Sen. Phil
>Gramm, R-Texas, saying Long described criminal
>While the committee found Long to be a compelling
>witness, few details about her background were revealed
>at the hearing. Tense and visibly worn, she refused
>reporters' requests for comments outside the hearing
>A day later, relaxing at an outdoor cafe in Washington's
>trendy Dupont Circle neighborhood, Long discussed her
>career, passion for world travel, foreign language skills and
>hobby of country dancing. And she spoke of her decision
>to testify.
>"I don't think I would have come forward unless they sent
>inspectors to my house," Long said.
>She wrote a lengthy letter to then-IRS Commissioner
>Margaret Richardson complaining about the Houston office
>management. After no response, she contacted her
>congressman, Rep. Bill Archer, chairman of the tax-writing
>House Ways and Means Committee. He's a Republican
>who wants to "tear the IRS out by its roots" in favor of a
>national sales tax.
>"When Jennifer Long contacted congressman Archer, (he)
>... saw it looked like a serious case, and it was worth
>taking the highly unusual step of contacting the IRS
>commissioner himself," Archer spokesman James Wilcox
>said Saturday.
>After an exchange of letters, the IRS' chief inspector sent a
>letter to Archer in March that "defended the actions of Ms.
>Long's superiors," Wilcox said.
>How will her colleagues react when she returns to work
>Monday? Long laughed and said she expects people will
>be uncomfortable just to be seen with her, but she expects
>friends will remain.
>"There have been some people who have stuck with me
>through thick and thin through this," she said. "I mean,
>there are some very good, good, honorable people at the
>      All contents Copyright 1997 Las Vegas SUN, Inc.

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