Obama: New IRS commissioner by week's end

10:42 AM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON - President Obama will name a new acting IRS commissioner by the end of this week, a White House official has confirmed.

Obama said on Wednesday that he's 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.

The official did not name who the replacement will be, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the president has yet to make the personnel announcement.

In brief comments Wednesday evening after discussing the Internal Revenue Service controversy with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin, Obama vowed to take decisive action to ensure that the situation would not be repeated.

Obama called the misconduct by IRS officials "inexcusable."

"It's inexcusable and Americans are right to be angry about it and I am angry about it," Obama said. "I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but particularly the IRS given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives."

Obama said that Lew requested and accepted Miller's resignation earlier on Wednesday.

"Given the controversy surrounding this audit, it's important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward," Obama said.

Obama is scheduled to hold a news conference at noon, where he expected to address the IRS controversy.


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