Cincinnati IRS Workers Point Fingers at Management

"No one took charge"


Up on the fourth floor — with its gray linoleum floors, its low ceilings and fluorescent lights, its file carts heaped with manila envelopes, its keypad-coded doors labeled 4-022 (the file room) and 4-034 (the supply room) — the determinations unit of the IRS's exempt organizations office is at work.

People in this Cincinnati unit have been accused of using "inappropriate" and "politically sensitive" criteria to scrutinize conservative groups that have applied for tax-exempt status.

People in the unit, here in a purple state's red-leaning nook, have singled out applicants whose names include the words "tea party" and "patriot."