Outgoing IRS Chief: IRS Targeted Conservatives to ‘Be More Efficient’

By Elizabeth Harrington | May 21, 2013 | 11:51am EDT

Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller testifies on Capitol Hill (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller told a Senate committee Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups was not partisan, but merely “foolish mistakes” made by employees trying to be “more efficient.”

“I do not believe that partisanship motivated the people who engaged in the practices described in the Treasury Inspector General’s report,” Miller said in his opening statement before the Senate Finance Committee.  “I reviewed the Treasury Inspector General’s report and I believe its conclusions are consistent with that.”

“I think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection,” he said.

The IRS apologized last week shortly before releasing the report that showed the agency subjected conservative groups to greater scrutiny in evaluating their applications for non-profit status.  Groups with conservative names, including those that used “patriot” in their titles, were subjected to lengthy questionnaires and intrusive, personal questions, delaying their approvals.

One conservative activist, Drew Ryun, said his application for a media watchdog group called “Media Trackers” was delayed for more than 8 months.  But when Ryan submitted a new application for the same group under a different name, “Greenhouse Solutions,” it was approved in three weeks, he said.

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