IRS Official Lois Lerner who was a former manager at the Internal Revenue Service resigned from her position on Monday. In May, Lerner was placed on paid administrative leave as a result of her subordinate employees targeting of Tea Party applicants for tax-exempt status.
The targeting of was discovered when Lerner was asked a planted question about the IRS treatment of political groups in May. She later refused to answer any further questions at a congressional hearing by citing her 5th Amendment right to not incriminate herself.
After emails sent by Lerner was discovered exploiting her involvement in the scandal, the agency review board was in process of deciding whether Lerner should be fired for her actions while she was the head of the division that oversees applications for tax-exempt status. However, Lerner resigned before the review board announced its decision.
Lerner was the director of the exempt organizations division and supervised approximately 900 workers. According to Sander Levin of the House Ways and Means Committee, the board found that Levin neglected her duties as director of the agency’s exempt organizations division. However, the board did find any political bias or willful misconduct.
According to Levin, Lerner is being held responsible for her gross mismanagement of the IRS tax-exempt division, which led to the inappropriate handling of applications for tax-exempt status submitted by both conservative and progressive organizations.