Incoming IRS chief asked to conduct "thorough review" of agency

WASHINGTON Fri May 17, 2013 4:43pm EDT

White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Controller Daniel Werfel is pictured in this undated White House handout photograph released on May 16, 2013. The White House/Handout via Reuters

White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Controller Daniel Werfel is pictured in this undated White House handout photograph released on May 16, 2013. The White House/Handout via Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Incoming acting Internal Revenue Service chief Daniel Werfel has been asked to spearhead a "thorough review" of the scandal-plagued agency and report back to President Barack Obama in 30 days, a Treasury Department official said on Friday.

Obama on Thursday named Werfel, a White House budget official, to take over the agency, which is embroiled in controversy over its targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

Werfel will report to Obama about progress in holding IRS staff accountable for inappropriate actions, correcting failures that led to the targeting, and taking a forward systemic view of the IRS, the Treasury official said in a statement.

(Reporting By Karey Van Hall; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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hawkeye19 wrote:
The U.S. government is no longer “our government”, and has become the enemy of “We the People”. The IRS is the new Secret Police of the regime. Be very afraid.

May 17, 2013 7:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SKYDRIFTER wrote:
It begins again, another fox is going to investigate the hen house. If such exists, an unbiased criminal investigation is needed.

“inappropriate actions?” “failures?”

Felonies were committed – to include “Misprision of a Felony;” the failure to report a felony – an obviously institutionalized practice extending to the highest levels; implicating the White House – evidenced by Obama’s disregard of what can only be felonies.

Here’s a landmark case for the ACLU – if their claims as to their noble “mission” are to be believed.

May 18, 2013 1:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
This Obama lacky couldn’t spearhead a bullfrog in a shoe box.

The good thing is it doesn’t matter. The gentleman Mr. J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for the Tax Administration, who testified with that jerk Steve “space cowboy” Miller already has a criminal investigation going and he will get to the bottom of who, what, where, when and why.

May 18, 2013 12:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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