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By Jared Bennett
President Obama is expected to appoint senior White House Budget Officer Daniel Werfel as acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service after the previous organization head left on April 15 amid controversy.
Werfel will replace Steven Miller, who was fired over a scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups attempting to receive non-profit status.
Werfel’s previous job as controller in the White House Budget Office made him responsible for making sure federal government departments adhere to laws involved in the recent sequestration. President Obama has also said he will make additional changes to the I.R.S. to restore the public’s confidence in the organization. Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have vowed to further investigate the matter through hearings in the next several months. As such, Werfel’s new job is expected to present a daunting challenge: fixing the I.R.S. in a time of great scandal and scrutiny.
Werfel will begin his position next week and will serve until the end of the year when the President will either nominate a permanent leader of another acting commissioner.
Joseph H. Grant, the acting commissioner of tax exempt and government entities division also announced he will retire on June 3.