Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today said the Internal Revenue Service hired more than 1,000 veterans last year and is on track to meet the same target this year. The hiring came at Grassley's urging.
"The IRS recognized that veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have a lot to offer the agency," Grassley said. "It's very good to see a verbal commitment from the IRS commissioner followed through with action. That helps to reverse some public cynicism about government."
In January 2008, Grassley realized that the Treasury Department, including the IRS, lagged behind other federal agencies in hiring newly returned veterans, even though the department had significant vacancies. Grassley urged the IRS commissioner nominee, Doug Shulman, and then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to hire 1,000 veterans in one year to fill vacant positions. Shulman, since confirmed as commissioner, recently wrote Grassley to say the IRS hired 1,203 veterans in Fiscal Year 2008 and hired 700 more in the first five months of Fiscal Year 2009.
Grassley is ranking member and former chairman of the Committee on Finance, with Senate jurisdiction over tax policy.