Obama Taps OMB Veteran as Acting IRS Commissioner

President Obama has named top financial management official Danny Werfel acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the White House announced Thursday.

Steven Miller stepped down as acting commissioner Wednesday amidst a scandal involving the targeting of conservative political groups that had applied for tax-exempt status.

Werfel, currently the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, joins the IRS after spending much of the last year preparing for and implementing sequestration. Werfel was appointed to his post at OMB by President George W. Bush and was confirmed by the Senate in October 2009.

“Throughout his career working in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Danny has proven an effective leader who serves with professionalism, integrity and skill,” Obama said in a statement. “The American people deserve to have the utmost confidence and trust in their government, and as we work to get to the bottom of what happened and restore confidence in the IRS, Danny has the experience and management ability necessary to lead the agency at this important time.”

 

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