Disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner will get to keep her full pension
When I wrote about the retiring of Lois Lerner yesterday I speculated that this move would allow the disgraced official to keep her pension. It wasn’t really a hard prediction to make but now it appears as if that is indeed the case.
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who presided over a partisan program that targeted conservative organizations because of their political beliefs, will retire on Monday with a full pension package, a source at the Department of Treasury told MailOnline.
Lerner, 62, has been a federal government employee since at least 1981, making her eligible for the most robust retirement package the federal government offers career employees.
Because she is a career public servant she is also going to receive the best retirement package the Federal Government has for its dedicated employees of the public trust. Isn’t that wonderful? But if that was not bad enough she is also going to receive 50% compensation for all of her unused sick and vacation time.
And this reward is going to a person who was the subject of an internal investigation which was set to reveal that she was “neglect of duties” while calling for her removal from the department. It is clear to me that she was tipped off about the internal investigation’s findings and abruptly decided to retire in order to protect her benefits.
I read several stories yesterday about Lois Lerner’s retirement and most of them portrayed this news as if she was a casualty of the scandal, the biggest head to roll, and the stories portrayed this as proof that the Federal Government can police itself, but nothing could be further from the truth.
She was not punished for her role in the IRS targeting scandal because she jumped ship before anything could happen to her and now she is able to retire and receive all her benefits. That does not seem like punishment to me and I hope the Congress takes up the issue of her pension.