May 17, 2013
Expected to retire in June, Joseph Grant, head of the tax-exempt and government entities division of the IRS, said on Thursday he was leaving the agency immediately. Grant was the supervisor for the controversy-mired department responsible for illegally targeting tea-party and other conservative groups.
Grant’s resignation came just one day after acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller stepped down. Miller’s assignment was also scheduled to end in June.
Also on Thursday, President Obama appointed a new acting commissioner for the IRS, Daniel Werfel, who is currently the controller of the White House budget office.
“As acting commissioner, Mr. Werfel will lead efforts to ensure the IRS implements new safeguards to restore public trust and administers the tax code with fairness and integrity,” the White House said. Mr. Werfel’s appointment is effective Wednesday, May 22.
Werfel will serve as acting commissioner through September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
Not to be mollified by a simple slap on the wrist and what basically amounts to an extended vacation for the two people most responsible for the IRS action, Speaker of the House, John Boehner is calling for blood. “My question isn’t about who is going to resign. My question is who’s going to jail over this scandal?”