The latest report from the IRS Whistleblower Office shows that over 11,000 whistleblower cases have been filed with the agency, but that submissions have declined precipitously in the last year.

Why the decline?  It is not clear, but to date, the IRS has announced very few awards.  Steven T. Miller, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement has acknowledged that the paucity of settled cases is a problem and, in a two-page memo written to other Service directors in June of 2012, Mr. Miller say the IRS is in the process doing a “comprehensive review” of the agency’s guidelines and procedures for handling whistle-blower complaints and that he is setting a 90-day deadline for the agency to review whistle-blower claims.