A second top Internal Revenue Service official has announced plans to step down from his post amid the controversy over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
An internal IRS memo says Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency’s tax exempt and government entities division, will retire June 3. As part of his duties, Grant oversees the IRS division that targeted tea party groups for additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
But here’s the fun part: Grant was appointed to that position just eight days ago.
Get a load of this May 8 press release:
Grant, who started with IRS in August 2005, joins Steven Miller, who resigned as acting IRS commissioner on Wednesday.
Miller, as noted earlier on TheBlaze, was appointed acting commissioner in 2012, two years after the agency had started targeting conservative groups.
In Miller’s place, President Obama has named Daniel Werfel as the acting IRS commissioner. Werfel, 42, currently serves as controller of the Office of Management and Budget.
“Throughout his career working in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Danny has proven an effective leader who serves with professionalism, integrity and skill,” Obama said in a statement.
“The American people deserve to have the utmost confidence and trust in their government, and as we work to get to the bottom of what happened and restore confidence in the IRS, Danny has the experience and management ability necessary to lead the agency at this important time,” the statement adds.
Werfel agreed to serve through the end of September, the White House said. Presumably, Obama will nominate a new commissioner by then.
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(H/T: @sunnyright). The Associated Press contributed to this report.