Obama Tags Danny Werfel To Lead IRS Amidst Scandal

by
Owen Poindexter
President Obama has named Danny Werfel his acting head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Werfel replaces the outgoing Steven Miller, who submitted his resignation after Obama directed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to ask him for it.


Danny Werfel and his winning smile are tasked with cleaning up the scandal-shaken IRS. PHOTO: whitehouse.gov
 
President Obama has named Danny Werfel his acting head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Werfel replaces the outgoing Steven Miller, who submitted his resignation after Obama directed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to ask him for it. Miller was not the IRS Commissioner when the alleged scandal, in which IRS auditers targeted tax-exempt Tea Party groups for review, took place, but Obama and Lew wanted to bring in someone from outside to reestablish credibility.
 
Werfel, who now steps in to clean up the IRS mess, was serving as Controller of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). According to the official White House website, Werfel was sort of the top accountant and accountability officer for the OMB:

"As Controller, [Werfel was] responsible for coordinating OMB's efforts to initiate government-wide improvements in all areas of financial management, including financial reporting, improper payments, real property management, financial accounting standards, grants management, and financial systems."

His first job as acting Commissioner of the IRS will be to oversee a thorough audit of the IRS itself, ferreting out any politicized efforts at tax collection. It is essential that the IRS remain an apolitical organization for the U.S. government to retain its credibility. That may sound dramatic, but when you  consider that the IRS is responsible for taking your money for the supposed public good, believing that they are doing their jobs is essential to our relationship between people and government.

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