More anti-union mischief for the Busheviki

Union opposes nomination of Treasury official to IRS board

A federal labor union is opposing the nomination of the Treasury Department’s fiscal assistant secretary to serve as the designated representative of Internal Revenue Service employees on the agency’s oversight board.

In an April 11 letter, the National Treasury Employees Union asked President Bush to withdraw the nomination of Kenneth Carfine to the board.

“IRS employees deserve a meaningful voice on this influential public-private body,” said Colleen Kelley, NTEU president. “The clear language of the statute setting up the board refers to the appointment of either a rank-and-file IRS employee or employee representative. The president’s nominee is neither and should not be confirmed for this position.”

The nine-member oversight board, established by a 1998 law that restructured the IRS, plays an important role in reviewing IRS operations and policies, and in making recommendations for improvement, including those related to its budget. The Treasury secretary and the IRS commissioner both sit on the board.

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