IRS chief Danny Werfel is planning to stop bonuses for employees and reducing furloughs instead, he announced on Tuesday. Werfel made the announcement shortly after it was made known that the IRS planned to award over $70 million in bonuses to its employees. Werfel blamed the action on the forced spending cuts required of all federal agencies totaling $85 billion.
He said in a memo to his employees, “This is not a reflection of the quality or performance of the work done by you and your colleagues, but rather an unfortunate byproduct of the difficult budgetary situation we find ourselves in.” He also plans to stop the bonuses for senior executives. “It is my intention to continue to pursue eliminating award payouts this year to bargaining unit employees,” he said.