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Another damaging IRS video emerges

WASHINGTON — In the latest black eye for the Internal Revenue Service, the agency provided Congress on Friday with another video featuring its employees, this one showing about a dozen of them line dancing on a stage.

The video of the IRS workers practicing their dance moves, which lasts just under three minutes, comes weeks after it was revealed that agency workers produced two other videos parodying the ‘‘Star Trek’’ and ‘‘Gilligan’s Island’’ TV shows.

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The latest recording cost about $1,600 and was produced to be shown at the end of a 2010 training and leadership conference held in Anaheim, Calif., said IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge. At a time when most government agencies are coping with across-the-board spending cuts by furloughing workers and finding other savings, that conference has become the target of a report a Treasury inspector general plans to release next week.

The report will be the subject of a hearing Thursday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, that panel said Friday.

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The IRS is also under fire for targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.

All three videos were provided in response to a request by a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La.

The IRS said the video was ‘‘unacceptable and an inappropriate use of government funds.’’

Associated Press

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