ABC: Yes, it’s true, the acting IRS commissioner was preparing to leave in a few weeks anyway; Update: Second IRS official to step down; Update: Was promoted last week?

posted at 6:01 pm on May 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

We already knew last night that he was planning to leave, rendering O’s big IRS scalp-taking a joke, but what we didn’t know for sure was whether the White House was aware that Miller was inching towards the exit.

Answer: Yep, they were. His term is actually limited by statute.

Miller, a 25-year career IRS employee, was appointed acting commissioner on November 9, 2012. According to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, his 210-day term would have set his last day in that post as June 8.

This does not mean that Miller is not paying a price. His intention had been to go back to his job as Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, a position that put him in charge of the tax exempt unit at the center of a scandal over targeting conservative groups.

This statute makes it clear Miller could not remain acting IRS commissioner unless he was proactively reappointed as acting commissioner for another 210 days, or Obama nominated a permanent commissioner allowing Miller to remain in the job until that person was confirmed.

I’m not sure why ABC thinks Miller’s resignation means he’ll be “paying a price.” With 25 years of experience, he’s primed for some sort of nonprofit lobbying job where, no doubt, he’ll make much, much more than he does now. And that’s assuming that he’s not quietly rehired by the IRS at some point once the current storm has blown over. Remember, four State Department officials ostensibly were punished after the Benghazi attack last year by being placed on leave, only to land at other jobs at State. Just yesterday, The Cable quoted a source as saying Susan Rice, despite having been too radioactive to pass Senate scrutiny for secretary of state, “definitely” is in line to replace Tom Donilon as Obama’s next National Security Advisor. They’ll find room for Miller somewhere once it’s kinda sorta acceptable again for them to do so. One footnote, though: I’ve seen a bunch of people on Twitter treating Miller as a fall guy in all this because his term as acting commissioner didn’t start until last November, long after the harassment of tea-party groups began. That’s fine, but Miller found out last May, when he was a deputy commissioner, what had been going on and he said nothing. Don’t cry too hard for him.

Anyway, and needless to say, this not-so-minor detail about Miller’s imminent departure was conveniently omitted from Obama’s big house-cleaning press conference last night. Oh, and he emphasized today that he knew nothing about the IG’s report on the IRS’s anti-conservative practices, which isn’t quite the same as saying that he knew nothing of the practices themselves. Be on the lookout for lawyerly precision.

Update: I take it we’ll find out tomorrow that this guy has been planning to retire for six months.

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 wasn’t the commissioner of the tax-exempt division, he was the acting commissioner, just as Miller was the acting commissioner of the entire agency. Does that mean he’s term-limited too and was on his way out anyway?

Update: You can’t be serious.

Was he promoted from acting commissioner to commissioner, or from some lower rank to acting commissioner? I can’t find any personnel announcement online. The distinction is important, as one suggests this is a legit scalp-taking and the other suggests it’s a farce. If he was installed as permanent commissioner only to “retire” now, then obviously he was pushed out against his wishes. If he was merely promoted to acting commissioner, then it looks like he was elevated for the purpose of taking the fall. If anyone has a link, please send it.


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“Retires” at a higher pay grade. Sweet!

JoeHanson on May 16, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Leading from behind.

Rich H on May 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Didn’t these guys knowingly allow rules to be broken? Isn’t there any consequence to that? Seems to me there’s broken laws to consider.

DanMan on May 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

ANyone who “steps-down” or “retires” is not paying a price. Fire them, and then put them in jail.

CycloneCDB on May 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Charades.

portlandon on May 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

o/t, but ESAD liveenslavedthendie, HAL, and their fellow race-baiters:

Who’s The Racist? The Most Racist Countries In The World And The Answers Will Surprise Only The Race-Mongers

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I’m more interested in the people in the White House and cabinet level thugs…

d1carter on May 16, 2013 at 6:02 PM

What we forget is that ObamaCare is targeting ALL religious organizations.

Axion on May 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Remember, now: According to the trolls, we should now shut up for getting someone ‘fired’ over this scandal. It’s done an over.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

What difference does it make?

They’ve already suppressed free speech during the election. They’ve succeeded.

Now all they’re concerned about is that the GOP can’t use their rules when they’re up to bat.

Ben Hur on May 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Once again, Cincinnati IRS is NOT just a local office. It is 1 of 2 national offices. I know this because I have to send tax returns and 1099 information to this office for work.

This IS a big deal.

The bloggers at HA must mention this fact.

ladyingray on May 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

He was promoted for the sole purpose of padding his retirement.

It’s a union thing, you know.

Ditkaca on May 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM

What we forget is that ObamaCare is targeting ALL religious organizations.

Axion on May 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Except the Amish and Muslims.

RickB on May 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Hey, Allah, we’re going to need an update thread on ‘Kai the hatchet-welding hitchhiker’…

‘What would you do if you realized someone had drugged and raped you?’ Hitchhiker who became web hero is wanted for murder of lawyer, 73, found dead hours after drifter claimed on Facebook he’d been assaulted

It’s such a shame what fame can do to a name…

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

How about some jail time and forfeiture of their pensions.

pat on May 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Update: Yes, the president is still lying.

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

optmist: Chuck Schumer is involved
pessimist: Eric Holder is AG

mjbrooks3 on May 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

The bloggers at HA must mention this fact.

ladyingray on May 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I know you don’t like me though we’re ostensibly on the same side but, I’ll keep it in mind.

Cincinnati and Washington, both. ‘Minor’ offices, right?

Liberals are more stupid than they think we are, to believe their own tripe.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

You’re a nuclear power without being a country.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Once the IRS was against Al Capone.

Under Obama, the IRS is Al Capone.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Once the IRS was against Al Capone.

Under Obama, the IRS is Al Capone.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM

No wonder Geraldo found nothing in the vault!

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Remember, four State Department officials ostensibly were punished after the Benghazi attack last year by being placed on leave, only to land at other jobs at State.

…only the MSM has forgotten…

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Let’s go with:

‘Mrs. Evita Smith, 6th grade math teacher of Pork Bend Middle School in Bill Wyoming is retiring after 45 years of teaching being forced to step down by the Obama Administration in the wake of the IRS scandal. This move clearly shows that Obama means business.’

BigWyo on May 16, 2013 at 6:17 PM

You’re a nuclear power without being a country.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:14 PM

You’re the best. Thanks!

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM

He isn’t even listed as one of the employees of interest which according to Fox News are:

Holly Paz, a director; John Shafer, a manager; Gary Muthert, a screener; Liz Hofacre, a case coordinator; and Joseph Herr, a manager.

crosspatch on May 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM

You’re the best. Thanks!

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Actually, you are the best. So thanks, there. And you’re welcome.

Nobody shreds a liberal like you can. And believe me, I try. I use oddball humor, like telling partisanliberalhack, to go play Switch. Doesn’t match you, that’s for sure.

I bet the trolls would love having you on their side. LOL

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

An aside: I just saw a TV commercial hawking a book entitled, “The Obamacare Survival Guide.”

What does that tell you trolls?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:27 PM

The distinction is important, as one suggests this is a legit scalp-taking and the other suggests it’s a farce. If he was installed as permanent commissioner only to “retire” now, then obviously he was pushed out against his wishes. If he was merely promoted to acting commissioner, then it looks like he was elevated for the purpose of taking the fall. If anyone has a link, please send it.

wow, just wow.

the amount of mental gymnastics you have to do to find some way to twist yourself into the kind of pretzel that makes any good thing connected to Obama a bad thing is quite astounding, impressive even.

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I expect to see Wee Man and Steve-O at a WH presser any day now.

Capitalist Hog on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Here’s a question. If Joesph Grant was retiring June 3rd whether he was promoted or not, would his retirement package be different because of a couple of weeks in the new job?

Dusty on May 16, 2013 at 6:32 PM

wow, just wow.
 
the amount of mental gymnastics you have to do to find some way to twist yourself into the kind of pretzel that makes any good thing connected to Obama a bad thing is quite astounding, impressive even.
 
nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

 
Best poster on hotair.

rogerb on May 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Go play Switch.

I don’t to explain anything, because you know as well as we do Obama’s game. What makes that fakery worse is YOU trying to defend it.

If you two weren’t so laughable, you’d be offensive.

What’s even more laughable is YOU coming here to lecture us, when your mommy is helping pay off your student loan.

And you expect us to take you seriously?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Just sent this message to HA:

“Once again, Cincinnati IRS is NOT just a local office. It is 1 of 2 national offices. I know this because I have to send tax returns and 1099 information to this office for work.

This IS a big deal.

The bloggers at HA must mention this fact.”

This fact is easily verified. Do it. Report it. Check 1099 submission. There are 2 offices in the entire USA. One of them is Cincinnati. This isn’t a simple “local” office.

ladyingray on May 16, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Oh, isn’t THIS just wonderful:

IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/irs-official-in-charge-during-tea-party-targeting-now-runs-health-care-office/#.UZVd8IDAhmw.twitter

crosspatch on May 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Documents: IRS letters harassing conservative groups came from Washington, DC headquarters and from California offices, despite Inspector General’s focus on Cincinnati employees

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325068/Documents-IRS-letters-harassing-conservative-groups-came-Washington-DC-headquarters-California-offices-despite-Inspector-Generals-focus-Cincinnati-employees.html

whatcat on May 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

WOMAN IN CHARGE DURING ‘TEA PARTY’ TARGETING NOW RUNS IRS OBAMACARE OFFICE

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 6:37 PM

You just can’t make this crap up. Obama is flipping double birds at us and laughing hysterically about it!!!

dddave on May 16, 2013 at 6:41 PM

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

You got nothin’ on us, kid. You’re young, and haven’t been through the things many of us have.

Not necessary for you to answer, because your private life is yours. But…

Ever been married, struggling with your first apartment together as a couple, and with a baby on the way? Ever stay up late at night, as a young man, wondering, “How can I provide the best for my family?”

I can ramble, but won’t.

You’re a total comic, playing to an empty room. We here all have been, at one time or other, liberal. YOU, on the other hand, have never been Conservative.

YOU can’t even define us as we are.

Yet, YOU come here day after day and PRESUME to lecture us?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:41 PM

ladyingray

The office for tax exempt organizations is a separate office. Cincinnati supposedly handled all such requests from the entire country. Which is actually a problem because one corrupt office could then corrupt the process in all 50 states. This should be broken out to the district offices.

crosspatch on May 16, 2013 at 6:42 PM

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

And if you think you can go to another thread and try your same game there instead, I ad others will be around to hammer you again.

There is no escape for you, if you think you can come in here and presume to lecture us. As a young man, you might have your whole life ahead of you. But we older folks, who have been around and experienced life, don’t have our lives behind us.

If you want to escape, then go to HuffPo and pour out your drivel over there. They’ll welcome you with open arms.

But you might want to change your moniker there. Calling yourself ‘nonpartisan’ is an instant ticket to being under suspicion. There, you’re either totally liberal, or you’re banished.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Ain’t payoffs grand. The regime just bought this guy’s silence and if called to testify to congress, he’ll just claim I know nothing.

Kissmygrits on May 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Ain’t payoffs grand. The regime just bought this guy’s silence and if called to testify to congress, he’ll just claim I know nothing.

Kissmygrits on May 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Not exactly. He made public that his ‘resignation’ came early; he was leaving in two weeks anyway.

He didn’t have to make that public. But he did. In a way, either by accident or intent, he slapped Obama across the face.

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 6:57 PM

..taking a poll here. After seeing the stupid picture on this post get the urge to smash our stupid POTUS in the face?

The War Planner on May 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

..taking a poll here. After seeing the stupid picture on this post get the urge to smash our stupid POTUS in the face?

The War Planner on May 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Are baseball bats allowed?

Liam on May 16, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Oh, and he emphasized today that he knew nothing about the IG’s report on the IRS’s anti-conservative practices, which isn’t quite the same as saying that he knew nothing of the practices themselves. Be on the lookout for lawyerly precision.

Be on the lookout for Clintonesque parsing, on the order of “what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

“Retires” at a higher pay grade. Sweet!

JoeHanson on May 16, 2013 at 5:58 PM

That was my first thought too. Was he headed to retirement soon anyway? Was he promoted to boost his pension as some kind of payoff?

novaculus on May 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Update: Second IRS official to step down;
Update: Was promoted last week?

Now that is the way a Barackracy is supposed to work.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Kim Strassel says that the IRS intimidation came from the top via Obysmal’s megaphone (not a telephone).
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324767004578487332636180800.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

onlineanalyst on May 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

But wait there’s more…

Flaming Skull at Ace of Spades…

“Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

So she gets a promotion, and her successor, who knew about the scandal and didn’t tell anyone but did not actually oversee it, takes the fall.

And another Fall Guy has been offered, too– the current commissioner of the tax-exempt division is now resigning.

But he was appointed to this position just eight days ago.

We don’t know yet if this is a complete farce, but it sure looks like one…

The worst case scenario is if he was just promoted to a higher position so that Obama could announce “Another high-ranking official has been asked to resign.”

We don’t know yet what he was promoted from. But we do need to know.

So this guy, who may have been promoted to the position just to be fired from it, takes the fall, while the woman actually responsible for the regime is now enforcing ObamaCare…

Get In Their Faces: Was their a link between Obama’s “Fight the Smears” snitch-on-your-neighbors-for-free-speech site and IRS retribution?

During the debate over adopting ObamaCare the White House encouraged liberal activists to report Obama’s critics to a “Flag@WhiteHouse.gov” email address. At least one of those reported tells RedState.com editor Erick Erickson he was then targeted with audits. “Remember that website Obama set up to report neighbors who opposed Obamacare? A friend reported himself and got audited shortly thereafter,” Erickson tweeted May 13.

“We need to know if there were any others. This certainly fits the rapidly-expanding pattern of people who criticize Obama suddenly finding themselves targeted by the IRS,” said Stockman. “Obama’s IRS scandal is spreading like a cancer.”

Bonus: To be more precise, Sarah Hall Ingram received over $100,000 in bonuses for her yeowoman work from 2010 to 2012.

- Ace

http://ace.mu.nu/

Aaaand this….

“It’s about a union: the National Treasury Employees Union. The NTEU. A left-wing union representing 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies, including the IRS. A union that not only endorsed President Obama for election and re-election, but a union whose current president, Colleen Kelly, was a 14-year IRS agent and now is both union president and Obama administration appointee (of which more in a moment).

It’s about 94% of NTEU union contributions going to Democrats in the Senate and House in 2012 — candidates who campaigned as vociferous opponents of the Tea Party…

Let’s first see how the IRS/NTEU game with the Tea Party and conservatives is played, shall we?

In the 2012 election cycle, the IRS union gave its money this way:

For the U.S. Senate:
Total to Democrats: $156,750
Total to Republicans: $1,000

For the U.S. House:
Total to Democrats: $391,062
Total to Republicans: $23,000
…” – Ace

http://ace.mu.nu/

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM

What federal employee gets over $100,000 in bonuses in two years?

Answer – An IRS Federal Employee at the IRS…In the Run up to a Presidential Election Season ( Sarah Hall Ingram)

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 8:08 PM

“President Obama has picked a White House budget official to serve as the new acting commission of the Internal Revenue Service.

Daniel Werfel currently serves as controller of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Werfel has also served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division…”

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/05/16/obama-picks-white-house-budget-controller-for-top-irs-slot/

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Daniel Werfel currently serves as controller of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Werfel has also served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division…”

Werfel.

Wasn’t he an NFL Quarterback?

socalcon on May 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

“If he was merely promoted to acting commissioner, then it looks like he was elevated for the purpose of taking the fall. If anyone has a link, please send it.”

Or more likely he was promoted to acting commissioner so he could retire with a larger pension.

Dasher on May 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM