IRS dance video: A morale booster, or out of line?

Republicans say a $1,600 video that was made for a 2010 agency conference and which featured employees learning a line dance was a ‘frivolous’ waste of money.

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In the outtakes from a three-minute video of IRS employees learning a line dance to singer Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle” in preparation for a 2010 agency conference, one of the employees, whose name has been redacted, says:

“Remember, they’re not professionals. Thank God they don’t earn their living this way.”

House Republicans would agree that IRS employees’ dancing in a video shouldn’t be part of their job, reports Politico. Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., called the video “frivolous entertainment for agency bureaucrats.”

Boustany mentioned “tens of thousands” of wasted dollars, though the Associated Press reported the line-dancing video cost about $1,600. It was two other videos, parodies of “Star Trek” and “Gilligan’s Island,” that cost a combined $60,000.

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