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GOP Wants Quick Results From Werfel on IRS Scandal

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By    |   Monday, 10 Jun 2013 01:32 PM

Republicans are warning new acting IRS Director Danny Werfel that he'll have to do more than reshuffle positions and put people on administrative leave to prove that he is serious about making fundamental changes to the way the agency does business.

According to The Hill, Democrats and Republican alike have been impressed with Werfel's grasp of the seriousness of the targeting of tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. They say his aggressiveness in addressing the issue, and his commitment to putting safeguards in place to prevent similar occurrences, also has been reassuring.

But some Republicans say they want actual results sooner rather than later and are unwilling to tolerate delays from the Internal Revenue Service bureaucracy in responding to their requests for more information.

For example, Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany, chairman of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, complained about IRS officials' delay last week in producing answers to questions about the targeting. Werfel responded two weeks after the request was made, saying the Treasury Department inspector general likely would have to investigate further to satisfy the panel's request.

"It’s hard to put a time on that," Boustany acknowledged of additional investigations. "But we’re expecting action now. We don’t have a grace period. We’ve got to keep moving.”

Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, who serves on the House Appropriations subcommittee where Werfel testified June 3, said he wants quicker and more substantial action despite the fact that Werfel had been on the job for a few weeks.

“I appreciated his tone, although we have a long way to go to see if there’s any action,” Yoder told The Hill. “We’ll see whether the actions back up the words.”



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