Lawmakers Ask: What Happened to Employees Implicated in IRS Scandal?

by Eliana Johnson

Several lawmakers are asking the Internal Revenue Service about the actions it has taken against employees implicated in the agency’s targeting of tea-party groups. “Was [former commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities division] Joseph Grant asked to resign, and if so, on what grounds?” congressmen Darrell Issa and Dave Camp asked in a letter to the IRS’s acting administrator Danny Werfel. The lawmakers are also inquiring about the status of the agency’s former director of Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner, and its former director of Rulings and Agreements, Holly Paz. “Were these individuals asked to resign, and if so, who requested their resignation and on what specific grounds? Do these individuals have access to IRS systems (including electronic mail), documents, or physical property?”

Iowa senator Chuck Grassley has also demanded information on Lerner’s employement status. In response, Werfel produced two charts outlining the various “adverse actions” federal agencies can take against senior officials. The documents, though, have not shed light on the issue: “We’re still not clear on Lerner’s status,” a Grassley spokeswoman tells National Review Online.

Lerner and Paz were placed on paid administrative leave in the wake of the scandal. National Review Online reported that Lerner was accessing the agency’s computer system through her IRS laptop weeks after she was put on leave but that, on June 13, the agency disabled both her account and that of Paz at the request of a lawyer in the chief counsel’s office. 

Camp and Issa asked Werfel to respond to them by August 7. 

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