|Treasury Nominees Delayed Amid Whistleblower Program Concerns|
Washington DC. July 12, 2012. Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) has announced his objection to the Senate’s consideration of two nominees for Assistant Secretary positions at the Treasury Department. The announcement came yesterday after the Treasury Department failed to respond to the Senator’s inquiry about the IRS Whistleblower Program holding up to Congressional intent and its own commitments.
Senator Grassley raised the objection based on his deep concern that the IRS whistleblower program is not working.
"Treasury has yet to issue much needed regulations and IRS has paid less than a half dozen awards under the new program," he explained.
The objection will continue until the Treasury Department provides a written response to Senator Grassley's June 21, 2012, request for details of the program’s implementation.
As ranking member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senator Grassley has pressed for effective implementation of the IRS Whistleblower Program during Senate hearings and through a series of oversight letters.
National Whistleblowers Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn stated, "Senator Grassley is standing behind every honest taxpayer by trying to ensure that the government's most important tax fraud detection program works."