Scandals, scandals everywhere, and not an excuse to make. This seems to be the atmosphere at the IRS, as one problem after another has been revealed in recent weeks. On June 25, the results of a congressional investigation focused on yet another issue: a technology contractor who won "questionable bids" with the IRS worth up to $500 million.
There's nothing wrong with doing all you can to gain advantages, as long as it's honest and aboveboard. But the investigation revealed there was a lot going on with this contractor, Braulio Castillo, that definitely didn't pass the smell tests.
Soon after Castillo founded his tech company – Strong Castle – in 2012, he began winning IRS contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. That kind of rapid rise raised some eyebrows on Capitol Hill. After taking a closer look, Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said, "We've found the kind of wrongdoing that should have caused this contract to be cancelled."
Here's what happened
Technically, Castillo didn't break the law. But he does appear to have bent a few . . .