Acting IRS Head Daniel Werfel Receives Temporary Title Change
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By Jason Bramwell
The acting head of the IRS will be given a different title until President Obama nominates a permanent commissioner for the tax enforcement agency, the Hill reported June 10.
In a letter the Hill obtained dated June 7 to Montana Senator Max Baucus, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Daniel Werfel's title will change from acting commissioner to principal deputy commissioner and deputy commissioner for services and enforcement until the White House announces its next head of the IRS.
Lew said Werfel "will continue to lead the agency and will have the authority to perform all the delegable duties and responsibilities of the commissioner of the IRS."
Werfel took over as acting commissioner of the IRS May 22, one week after Steven Miller resigned from the post. The IRS has been in hot water recently for its role in improperly scrutinizing the federal tax-exempt status of conservative groups as well as engaging in excessive spending at training conferences.
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The title change is called for under the Vacancies Reform Act, which provides guidance on how vacancies in presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed offices within the executive branch are temporarily filled.
Under current law, the departure of former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in November 2012 started a 210-day clock for which his replacement could be called the acting commissioner. That threshold ended June 10.
Werfel will regain the title of acting commissioner once the president nominates a permanent commissioner.
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