In a continued effort to hold tax delinquent federal employees and contractors accountable, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed two bills sponsored by Congressman Jason Chaffetz addressing this issue.
"The very least an individual on the federal payroll can do is pay their taxes," said Chaffetz. "If you are thumbing your nose up at the American taxpayer by not paying your taxes, you should be fired or not awarded a federal contract."
H.R. 249, Federal Employees Tax Accountability, would not only terminate the employment of current tax delinquent federal employees, but would also prohibit the hiring of future federal employees who already have a seriously delinquent tax debt. Federal workers owe a total of $1billion in federal taxes.
H.R. 882, the Contracting and Tax Accountability Act, is bipartisan legislation designed to mandate tax compliance as a prerequisite for receiving a federal contract or grant. In 2008, The Federal Acquisition Regulation was revised, requiring contractors to certify that they do not have a delinquent tax debt to the federal government. This legislation would codify that regulation and provide a means to verify the contractor's certification. Similar legislation was also introduced in the 110th Congress by then-Senator Barack Obama.
In addition to the tax delinquent bills, the Oversight Committee also passed unanimously through H.R. 328, Excess Building and Property Disposal Act, bipartisan legislation also sponsored by Chaffetz.
H.R. 328 would create a five-year pilot program expediting the disposal of the most profitable properties, by removing red tape and increasing transparency through creating an online database for all property owned by the federal government. Additionally, the bill would permanently modernize the existing disposal process by reducing administrative overhead, creating new agency incentives, and requiring greater accountability from federal agencies.
All three bills now move to the full House of Representatives for consideration.