IRS Gets New Acting Commissioner; Analysts See Many Distractions Ahead

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White House Office of Management and Budget controller Daniel Werfel will step in as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, but he will only stay through the summer and the agency's day-to-day operations are likely to take a back seat to crisis management efforts.
Effective May 22, Werfel will replace Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, who was ousted by President Obama following investigations into the agency's improper scrutiny of conservative-leaning groups applying for tax-exempt status.
As the new head of IRS, 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 in a news release. Werfel has agreed only to serve through the end of September.

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