IRS Funneled Nearly $500M in Contracts to One IT Firm in 2012; IRS Staffer Had Personal Relationship With Owner

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee is investigating whether a personal relationship between an Internal Revenue Service employee and the owner of a computer company produced a series of government contracts worth about $500 million.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press from the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to acting Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin, Issa writes that he recently has learned about a personal relationship between an IRS employee and Braulio Castillo, the owner of Signet Computers Inc. Signet Computers’ website lists company addresses in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The name of the IRS employee, who works in the agency’s procurement department, is blacked out in the letter obtained by the AP. The IRS operates within the Treasury Department.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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