Obama Picks White House Budget Controller for Top IRS Slot

President Obama has picked a White House budget official to serve as the new acting commission of the Internal Revenue Service.

Daniel Werfel currently serves as controller of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Werfel has also served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

“Throughout his career working in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Danny has proven an effective leader who serves with professionalism, integrity and skill," Obama said in a statement. "The American people deserve to have the utmost confidence and trust in their government, and as we work to get to the bottom of what happened and restore confidence in the IRS, Danny has the experience and management ability necessary to lead the agency at this important time.”

Werfel, 42, has served in other roles at OMB including as deputy controller, chief of the Financial Integrity and Analysis Branch, budget examiner in the Education Branch, and policy analyst in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

The new acting commissioner takes over on May 22. Obama has yet to nominate a permanent replacement for Commissioner Doug Shulman, who left the job in November.