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2013 Finance & Economy / Treasury Department

Daniel Werfel, Principal Deputy Commissioner; Deputy Commissioner, Services and Enforcement, IRS

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July 16, 2013

At least Werfel, 42, knew what he was getting into when he accepted the job in May as acting head of the IRS. His appointment came in the wake of revelations that the agency had been targeting conservative political groups for extra scrutiny; his predecessor had resigned. The veteran civil servant wasn't going to have a smooth entry into the IRS world. "I'm told you're a decent person. So, are you serious about getting to the truth?" Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, asked Werfel at a hearing. Werfel—who goes by "Danny"—has held a number of positions at the Office of Management and Budget, most recently as controller, and has also worked as a trial attorney in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. "When I was presented with this opportunity, I basically said, 'I'll do this'… because I'm going to have this guiding principle that I'm always going to work to find the right answer to every challenge that I'm confronted with," Werfel explained to lawmakers of his decision to accept the job. "I'm doing what's in the best interests of the taxpayer. I'm doing what's in the best interests of the IRS," he said. "And I think if I can hold to those guiding principles, then I'm going to be able to go to sleep every night knowing that this was a smart decision to take this job and take the IRS forward." Werfel has a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, a master's in public policy from Duke University, and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

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