Report: Obama to Name White House Staffer to Head IRS
According to Politico, President Obama is expected to name White House staffer Daniel Werfel as the new acting IRS Commissioner. Werfel has been controller of the White House Office of Management and Budget since 2009. The appointment will likely fuel the political fire surrounding the IRS.
Werfel would replace Stephen Miller, who resigned on Wednesday as acting Commissioner. Miller at one time was expected to be nominated to head the agency. He also served as head of the Tax-Exempt division of the agency, the group at the center of the current IRS scandal.
Much of the scandal revolves around fears that the IRS was acting for the political benefit of President Obama. Its targeting of tea party and conservative groups seems driven by a goal of limiting their political activity ahead of the 2012 election.
Replacing Miller with a long-time White House will not allay those fears. The IRS Commissioner is subject to Senate confirmation.
Follow Mike Flynn on twitter: @Flynn1776