“The agency stands ready to confront the problems that occurred, hold accountable those who acted inappropriately, be open about what happened and permanently fix these problems so that such missteps do not occur again,” Werfel told a House Appropriations subcommittee.
“It seems we have a new misstep every day at the IRS,” said Representative Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican and chairman of the full appropriations committee. “I’m very troubled at what may come to light next.”
Rogers said Congress may further restrict the IRS’s funding with fresh constraints.
The committee released excerpts from bipartisan transcribed interviews between Committee Investigators and Cincinnati IRS employees. In these interviews, Cincinnati IRS employees rejected the White House’s claim that the targeting was merely work of “rogue” agents and say targeting of conservative political groups came from Washington, D.C.
“As late as last week, the administration was still trying to say the [IRS targeting scandal] was from a few rogue agents in Cincinnati, when in fact the indication is that they were directly being ordered from Washington,” Issa told CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday.
In addition to the two hearings scheduled this week by the House Appropriations Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee he House Ways and Means Committee also plans to hold a hearing Tuesday in which lawmakers will hear from representatives of some of the conservative groups that had their tax-exempt status applications scrutinized by the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division.