IRS Spends $100 Million on Pricey Office Furniture, Runs Out of Money

Now that's a good chair

Now that’s a good chair

The IRS with its nearly 100,000 employees is hard up for cash again. After blowing through $100 million on some rather pricey office furniture, the least popular three letter agency since the KGB wants more of your money.

The IRS has spent $96.5 million on office furniture under the Obama administration and is now claiming it has insufficient funding to adequately serve taxpayers.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified before the House two weeks ago about the IRS’ need for additional funding for the upcoming fiscal year. The IRS is currently seeking an increase of $1.2 billion—a 7 percent raise over its FY 2014 $11.29 billion budget. It would bring the agency’s FY 2015 budget to $12.48 billion.

Shouldn’t the average American be making 7 percent more money for the IRS to get a 7 percent raise? But that’s a silly question. Obama will just cut more health care benefits for vets, killing more of them, so the IRS can buy more expensive chairs.

Contracts also revealed that hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent solely on chairs for the IRS’ office in Haverhill, Mass. The contract shows $618,881 was spent on “Task Chairs Phase II.” That work was completed on Dec. 31, 2012. Due to the volume of contracts, the Free Beacon could not find the amount spent for Phase I of the task chairs project or if there were any additional phases after this second one.

The top three prime award contractors were Knoll, Herman Miller, and Haworth International. While some records did not give detailed information on the types of furniture purchased, the high-end retailers’ websites do give taxpayers a sampling of their products and costs.

Herman Miller has chairs that cost $1,209, and storage units that cost $1,749. Knoll’s chairs retail for $659. Another company awarded several contracts claims on its website it partners with “best interior products manufacturers” in the industry.

Nothing but the best for our overlords. Nothing but the worst for American veterans. Vets get healthcare that you wouldn’t give to a dog. IRS political operatives get 1,200 dollar chairs.

That’s life in Obamerica. And considering how progressive the IRS is, they deserve it.

66: The IRS score, out of 100, in a measure of employee morale by the federal Office of Personnel and Management.

76.6: The score in the Office of the Inspector General for Tax Administration, making it the 13th best place to work in government. This is the office that exposed special IRS audits of tea party and conservative groups.

85.7: The blissful score of the U.S. Army Audit Agency, which topped the survey.

65.5: Percentage of the IRS workforce that is female. In contrast, women make up only 43.5 percent of the federal civilian labor force and 46.8 percent of the civilian workforce. IRS employees are less likely to be white, 57 percent, compared with 66 percent in the federal bureaucracy overall and 73 percent of the civilian workforce.


  • Odin2

    They can bring lawn chairs from home.

    • De Doc

      Unfortunately OSHA would fine them for that.

  • ExRepug

    Since the IRS does not have an office in Haverhill, Massachusetts (that is the location of the contractor — i.e., the vendor seller of the furniture) I have to wonder what else the author got wrong about the summaries of the procurement contracts. In nearly every cited example in the original article the author misinterprets the vendor’s place of business as an IRS office; he/she does not understand that an “obligation amount” refers to a specific amount of an appropriation or fund for a future expenditure; and many if not most of the obligations were shared with other agencies, with no breakout of the IRS’s portion.

    What else has been misconstrued by the author, who clearly does not have the slightest grasp on Federal procurement terminology or procedures?

  • Wotan

    In the military we were told that senior field grade officers in the administrative chain of command faced possible jail time if they or their subordinates spent more money than was allocated to them by Congress.
    The M0R0NS in Civil Service have carte blanche to blow their budgets. Who can blame them? The fish rots from the head.
    How the military does it is every higher command holds back some of the money congress has authorized them to spend. If all goes well and there are no accidents or other unforeseen expenses, they begin loosening up with the money as the year progresses. By 4th quarter they star asking for wish lists for stuff like office furniture, training or whatever. It is something you do not spend money on the other 9 to 11 months out of the year. Training that you deferred or training that was good to have but not necessary to pass quals, you now schedule.
    The money set aside is like the money banks set aside as reserves for a just incase. Except in the military’s case it has to be obligated before September 30th, the end of the Federal fiscal year.
    Why can’t the stupid, f___ing civilian agencies do something similar? Are the SPECIAL!
    They need to go to jail.
    If this goers on we are so F___ED!

  • DogmaelJones1

    Yes, the IRS needs more money. But, as Danie reported elsewhere, production of the deadly A-10 attack planes can be cancelled, and a contract awarded for twice that “savings” to produce personal White House helicopters. Yes, it all makes sense — to an avaricious federal government.

    • Gee

      Not twice more than ten times

  • Ban Liberals

    The IRS. Another criminal enterprise in he Obama administration.

  • Douglas J. Bender

    “Hey everybody!! There’s a free trip, all expenses paid, to Hawaii for the first person to audit ten conservative groups, or to jail two Tea-Partiers. Good luck!! May Obama be with you!!”

  • darnellecheri

    (Cut and paste from, “The Omega Man,” 1971)

    Chuck Heston as US Army Col. Robert Neville, M.D. after taken to the
    “little room” for questioning: “Tell me something, would you? Are you fellas
    really with the Internal Revenue Service?”

  • liz

    She seems very proud of her nostrils.
    Actually, her entire face would be the envy of the White Witch, as she cried “How DARE you breathe in my presence!!!”

  • tickletik

    What does she care? The woman is probably a satanist who thinks that her “will to power” gives her “heaven”. As far as she is concerned she is old enough that she knows she won’t live forever so she is going to make damn sure her final years are surrounded by lots of money and people who will kiss her wrinkled bony end.

    It’s ironic, I just spent the day helping another woman of her age, only this one relies on prayer, trust, is open hearted, and cares about everyone. One I wouldn’t help if you paid me, the other I would help even if it cost me.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The last time workers in the private sector more or less got, as a national average, a 7% year to year increase was probably 1981 when the prime rate was 21% and inflation was out of control.

  • JohnPalestine

    The US Government is a criminal enterprise. Same for most if not all governments who purposely act counter to its citizens welfare. Print masonic pretty toliet paper we all think has value and supported by gold and silver. They print and print and print and we have no idea how the system works ( against the people).

  • Boots

    As one of the one in ten contributors who contribute to conservative groups… who has been audited (and I don’t even claim those contributions as deductions)… I hope the House tells Secretary Lew where he can put the chairs. Until he can prove political operatives masquerading as IRS employees have been disciplined and reigned in, the House needs to make sure the IRS doesn’t get another dime or even cut the IRS budget.

  • CaoMoo

    Go to Walmart and furnish your office. Sell the overpriced furniture if you can find a dumb enough buyes and use that money for operating expense.

  • To

    Amazing what .gov can afford. My business can’t shell out for Herman miller since I have to pay for it myself. Perhaps I’m paying too much in taxes if these guys buy Herman miller furniture?