Funny how Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco went to prison for abusing the funds of shareholders for his own personal use outside of normal business activity. Enron execs were also prosecuted in a similar manner. But the IRS, and lets not forget the GSA scandal from last year...Nothing. Nobody will pay back anything. Nobody will go to jail and nobody will even be fired. They will simply be redeployed to another level of incompetence. And that will only happen to the high profile cases. And this only scratches the surface of the waste and nonsense in the Federal Gov't. Not to mention the local gov't.
The General Accounting Office tells us that 60% of all gov't services are redundant. Meaning we are paying for the same thing at least twice and only receiving the benefit once. Considering the GAO is another Gov't agency, the data is probably even worse. But they're too inept to keep track of it. They do after all commonly put out statements about not being able to account for a billion dollars here and there... that is simply missing. Imagine telling an IRS auditor you can't account for a billion dollars...(especially if you're part of the Tea Party these days).
There is good and bad everywhere. The difference is when people in the Private sector get caught doing something wrong, they get fired, prosecuted and/or hit with a lawsuit. In the Gov't...they get a raise or even promoted. So I wouldn't hold your breath for accountability. Keep in mind, the GSA...who was responsible for wasting millions of tax payer dollars on lavish trips and videos last year didn't pay back anything. And the sad part is the GSA is the agency who's role it is to oversee the business operations of other Gov't agencies to ensure efficiency and eliminate waste. LOL I think we would have seen better results with Bernie Madoff at the helm.