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Two IRS Officials on Leave Over Free Food at Convention

The Internal Revenue Service placed two employees on leave for accepting free food during a party at a 2010 agency conference that is the subject of a congressional hearing today.

At least one of the employees works for the IRS division administering President Barack Obama’s health-care law, according to a congressional aide who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The IRS employees accepted $1,100 in food and other items at the $4.1 million conference in Anaheim, said the aide.