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Obama Names New Acting IRS Commish

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Thursday appointed Office of Management and Budget official Danny Werfel to serve as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

Werfel, 42, replaces Steven Miller, who was asked to resign Wednesday in the wake of revelations that IRS employees inappropriately targeted conservative groups.

"Throughout his career working in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Danny has proven an effective leader who serves with professionalism, integrity and skill," Obama said. "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."

Werfel, who is controller of the OMB, is responsible for straightening up financial management in government agencies.

He will start at the IRS May 22, and has agreed to serve in the temporary position until Oct. 1.

The appointment comes after Obama said earlier Thursday that there is no need for a special counsel to investigate the IRS' targeting of conservative groups.

Miller is scheduled to appear before the House Ways and Means Committee Friday morning to testify on the scandal.

The 25-year IRS veteran, who also serves as the deputy commissioner for Services and Enforcement, is responsible for overseeing the unit that unduly singled out conservative groups with names like "Tea Party" or "patriot" for more than two years.

The IRS says that the errors have been fixed but, with the exception of Miller, it has not announced any other disciplinary actions against IRS employees responsible for targeting these groups.

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