Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will name Danny Werfel, an official in his budget office, as the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, a White House said Thursday.
Obama demanded the previous acting commissioner resign Wednesday
after revelations the tax agency was applying extra scrutiny to
conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.
Werfel, who serves as the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, will "lead efforts to ensure the IRS implements new safeguards to restore public trust and administers the tax code with fairness and integrity," the White House said.
He'll serve through the end of the fiscal year, and since he's being tapped to serve as acting commissioner won't be subject to Senate confirmation.
"Throughout his career working in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Danny has proven an effective leader who serves with professionalism, integrity and skill," Obama wrote 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."