IRS Official Apologizes for ‘Embarrassing’ Star Trek Video

By Penny Starr | June 6, 2013 | 10:58 AM EDT

Faris Fink, commissioner, SB-SE division at the IRS ( Starr)

( – The man who portrayed Dr. Spock in a video shown at a lavish IRS conference in California in 2010 described it as “embarrassing” at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Thursday.

“What were you thinking?” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the committee, asked at the hearing to look into wasteful conference spending at the Internal Revenue Service.

“It’s embarrassing,” Faris Fink, commissioner of the small business and self-employment division at the IRS. “I apologize.”

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Fink said the video would never be made now because of restrictions that have been put in place for conference spending at the IRS.

The video, shown at the hearing, shows Fink as Spock, complete with pointed ears and the trademark hairstyle of the Star Trek character. Another video shown was of IRS workers line dancing.

“I regret the fact that they were made,” Fink said.

According to the prepared written testimony of J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS spent $49 million for 225 conferences for fiscal years 2010 through 2012.