Update at 5:38 p.m. ET. One More IRS Official To Leave
Another official is out at the embattled agency.
that Joseph Grant, commissioner of the IRS' tax exempt and government entities division, will retire June 3. The division scrutinized Tea Party groups when the applied for tax-exempt status.
Update at 4:45 p.m. ET. Obama Names New IRS Acting Chief
The president on Thursday named Daniel Werfel as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Werfel replaces Steven Miller over the agency's improper scrutiny of conservative groups.
In a statement, the White House said Werfel will serve through the end of the fiscal year. Here's more about him from the White House statement:
Here's our original post:"Mr. Werfel, 42, currently serves as Controller of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he has led efforts across the federal government to improve Federal program integrity, including all areas of financial management, financial reporting, accounting standards, improper payments, and financial systems, among others. Prior to his current role, Mr. Werfel served in multiple career civil service capacities at OMB, including as Deputy Controller, Chief of the Financial Integrity and Analysis Branch, Budget Examiner in the Education Branch, and Policy Analyst in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Werfel has also served as a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.
"Mr. Werfel is a recipient of both national and local awards from the Association of Government Accountants for his contributions to Federal financial management. During the Bush Administration, he was the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. Mr. Werfel also served as a member of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board from 2006 to 2009.
"Mr. Werfel holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelors Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University."
Asked if he can assure the nation that no one in the White House knew before last week that some IRS personnel had during the 2012 campaign cycle, President Obama said Thursday afternoon that, "I certainly did not know."
"I promise you this," Obama added, "that the minute I found out ... my main focus was to get the thing fixed."
Wednesday night, that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had asked for and accepted the resignation of acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller. That news came the same day that that the IRS had "used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention." blamed "ineffective management" for allowing that targeting to happen.
Word of what the IRS did has prompted sharp criticism from Republicans.
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