Second IRS Official Is Out Amid Scandal
Head of tax-exempt division retiring in June
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
This 2011 file photo shows Danny Werfel, who will be the next acting chief of the IRS.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Another head has rolled in the wake of the IRS scandal: The official in charge of the agency's "tax-exempt and government entities" division will retire in June, reports the Wall Street Journal. Joseph Grant's departure follows the forced resignation of acting commission Steven Miller yesterday. President Obama, meanwhile, has picked Daniel Werfel, the controller of the White House budget office, to be the new acting chief of the agency.

“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."

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orlandojonny
May 17, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
The IRS henchwoman in charge of the group that targeted 500 conservative groups is now in charge of the section that oversees Obamacare
Reader65069154
May 17, 2013 7:09 AM CDT
We've all seen presidents take credit for successes with which they had no involvement. Conversely, they're held accountable for failures beyond their immediate control. A leadership failure to instill appointed subordinates with the principles to do what is right is still a failure. All that said, this Joseph Grant is just a pawn who has been in his current position for a matter of weeks. This might have worked before google, but is this administration really so arrogant that they assume Americans can't see through this diversion?
ppaca
May 17, 2013 5:42 AM CDT
"Joseph Grant's departure follows the forced resignation of acting commission Steven Miller yesterday." That would be true if Miller were actually leaving the IRS immediately. He is staying on until June. This is more 0bama crap. How often is one fired, but stays in his position for another 2 weeks? Are all you liberals still being fooled by your messiah?