More staffing changes at IRS
By: Kelsey Snell
June 10, 2013 11:23 AM EDT
The new leadership at the IRS is making more staff changes in the wake of the agency’s tea party targeting scandal.
The agency told employees that Holly Paz is being replaced as director of the rulings and agreements division, according to a memo distributed to staffers on Friday and obtained by POLITICO Monday.
Paz is one of several staffers House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has interviewed as part of his investigation into the agency’s targeting practice. She’s come under fire from Issa for, among other things, sitting in on interviews between agency employees and the inspector general who was investigating whether the IRS wrongly subjected conservative groups to extra review.
In a memo to IRS employees, Heather Maloy, the new deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, said Karen Schiller will now lead the rulings and agreements division.
“She carries a strong track record along with extensive knowledge of exam and management issues,” Maloy said, adding that Schiller would help the division “during this difficult period.”
The memo doesn’t provide details about whether Paz was fired, placed on administrative leave or moved to another position inside the agency. The IRS didn’t immediately respond to questions about the personnel change.
Paz assumed her position after Lois Lerner — the IRS official at the center of the scandal — became the director of the division that oversees tax exempt organizations. Lerner was placed on administrative leave last month after she refused a request from acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel to step down.