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President Obama names new IRS commissioner

4:21 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
President Obama speaks during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the East Room of the White House May 13, 2013 in Washington (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - President Obama has named a new acting IRS commissioner.

President Obama announced that he's named senior White House budget official Daniel Werfel to the position.

"Throughout his career working in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Danny has proven an effective leader who serves with professionalism, integrity and skill," President 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."

President Obama said on Wednesday that he'd accepted the resignation of acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven Miller in the aftermath of revelations that agency officials were putting extra scrutiny on Tea Party groups' applications for tax-exempt status.

Werfel, 42, currently serves as controller of the Office of Management and Budget

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