Ripped into IRS officials as he helped lead an Oversight and Government Reform hearing on wasteful conference spending. The hearing focused on an investigative report that found that between 2010 and 2012 the IRS held 225 conferences that cost taxpayers nearly $50 million.
Mica, who last year exposed General Services Administration's officials lavish conference spending, demanded answers for what he called "over the top spending" at IRS. "IRS is taking government arrogance and wasteful spending to an absolutely disgraceful level." said Rep. Mica.
Rep. Mica detailed IRS expenditures that topped $4 million in August of 2010. This conference's wasteful spending included a $135,350 payment to guest speakers, including $11,430 for a "happiness expert" and $17,000 for an artist that produced six paintings of celebrities, including Michael Jordan and the musician Bono. The hearing revealed no-bid contracts to conference vendors and lavish spending on pre-conference trips and planning consultant fees over $130,000.
Last year, Mica stated that $20,000 was spent by the General Services Administration on drumsticks while IRS conference attendees received gifts and trinkets- such as plastic squirting fish, costing taxpayers over $64,000. (6/6/13)