Don't Whistle While You Work

At the IRS, tattling can be hazardous to one's career

The Internal Revenue Service is tough on taxpayers, but the agency can be a soft touch when it comes to misconduct by its top executives. Case in point: two former IRS officials, Frank Santella and Joseph Jech. The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency that protects whistle blowers, filed civil charges in May against the two for harassing and demoting two IRS managers who tried to snitch on their superior, Santella, a former regional boss in the Chicago IRS office. Santella allegedly went after the informers with the help of Jech, who retired in June as the IRS's assistant...