Report: IRS Executive Lerner Placed on Administrative Leave
According to Eliana Johnson of National Review, an IRS source in Cincinnati has stated that Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of non-profit organizations, has been put on administrative leave. On Thursday, Lerner sent an email to her colleagues reading:
Due to the events of recent days, I am on administrative leave starting today. An announcement will be made shortly informing you who will be acting while I am on administrative leave. I know all of you will continue to support EO’s mission during these difficult times …. I thank you for all your hard work and dedication … The work you do is important.
Lerner maintains her innocence, although she pleaded the Fifth Amendment before a Congressional Oversight Committee hearing yesterday. Federal employees are typically paid during administrative leave. According to Bill Bransford of the Federal Times, “administrative leave for disciplinary reasons is meant to be for a short time and to be used sparingly. The practice that has evolved is broader use, and in some cases the administrative leave — with pay — goes on for many months or even years.”