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Second IRS Official to Leave Amid Tea Party Scandal

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As second top Internal Revenue Service official has announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over the targeting of tea party groups.
 
An internal IRS memo says Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency's tax exempt and government entities division, will retire June 3. Grant joins Steven Miller, who was forced to resign as acting IRS commissioner on Wednesday.
 
As part of his duties, Grant oversaw the IRS division that targeted tea party groups for additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
 
Grant joined the IRS in 2005. 

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama will appoint senior White House budget officer Daniel Werfel to be acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, a White House official says.

Werfel will replace Steven Miller, ousted Wednesday amid revelations that the IRS improperly singled out conservative groups for special scrutiny.

The 42-year-old Werfel is the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, a job akin to a chief financial officer. Though Werfel was appointed to that job by Obama, he also worked during the administration of President George W. Bush.

The official was not authorized to speak on the record about the announcement and revealed Werfel's appointment on the condition of anonymity.

After days of inaction, Obama has tried to move swiftly in response to reports of inappropriate targeting by the IRS. (AP)

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