Lois Lerner, who headed the Internal Revenue Service office at the center of controversy for
targeting conservative groups, was placed on administrative leave Thursday, the second IRS official to face disciplinary action.
Acting Commissioner Steven Miller was asked to resign last week by President Barack Obama.
Lerner is being replaced by Ken Corbin, who will become acting director, exempt organizations,
tax exempt/government entities division.
A veteran IRS official, Corbin was touted by Danny Werfel, the new acting IRS commissioner,
for a “track record of leading large work groups.” Those skills, said Werfel, “make
him an ideal choice to help lead the Exempt Organizations area through this
Lerner appeared Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said she had done nothing wrong, and then took the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer questions. Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.,may recall her, as some thought she had waived
her right not to testify.
Her actions infuriated many Republicans. “She had an opportunity to disclose the targeting to Congress days before her disclosure at a legal conference and didn’t do it,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. “She gave the impression that the issue came up independently at the conference,
when it really was a plant that she arranged. The IRS owes it to taxpayers to resolve her situation quickly.”
Grassley said Werfel asked Lerner to resign and she refused.