New IRS chief to face House as agency’s woes grow
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The new acting commissioner of the IRS is scheduled to make his first congressional appearance Monday as the embattled agency faces new questions — over claims that its targeting of conservative groups was directed by Washington and a report that the agency spent millions on conferences.
Danny Werfel will appear before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee after the Treasury Department’s inspector general released the preliminary report on conference spending this weekend. The report states the IRS spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees from 2010 to 2012, according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Additionally, interviews with an IRS field agent involved in the division that targeted Tea Party groups for additional vetting appear to contradict the White House’s assertion that rogue agents — not the administration — were behind the effort, according to partial transcripts released Sunday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.