IRS faces new scrutiny for conference spending

A few items that caught our attention on Monday:

(Susan Walsh/AP) (Susan Walsh/AP)

IRS faces new scrutiny for conference spending. As if the targeting scandal wasn’t enough, a separate inspector general’s report reveals that the agency spent an estimated $49 million on at least 220 conferences for employees over a three-year span beginning in fiscal 2010. Post reporter Ed O’Keefe has the story.

How much IRS scrutiny is too much? Congress will have held five hearings on the agency’s targeting scandal by the end of this week. The Fix explores whether Republicans are overreaching on the issue in a Monday morning blog item.

The “temporary” farm subsidy may finally meet its end.  The 2013 Farm Bill would end these automatic payments to farmers, which involved such relaxed rules that a woman living on Central Park West received money through the program. David Fahrenthold explained the issue with his signature style — humorously blunt and revealing — for an article in the Sunday Washington Post.

Should Pentagon close military commissaries? Post reporter Rajiv Chadrasekaran examines the issue of whether the Defense Department should shutter its government-run supermarkets, where service members can buy groceries at near wholesale value. The proposal is estimated to save $1 billion per year, according to the article in Sunday’s Washington Post.

VA security shortcuts put millions of vets’ data at risk. That’s the view of many former and current Veterans Affairs officials who claim lack of institutional control has put that data of tens of millions of veterans in jeopardy. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller has the report.

How bad is sequester pain in the Beltway? Federal News Radio’s Mike Causey wrote that the “So-called experts who predicted IA (Immediate Armageddon) would follow sequestration, missed the mark, at least so far.” He noted that the D.C. area added 40,000 jobs since the government-wide spending cuts took effect. Read Causey’s column for more on that subject.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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