WASHINGTON -- President Obama is naming Daniel I. Werfel, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, to be the new acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the White House announced Thursday.
Mr. Werfel, who currently manages much of the day-to-day operations at the budget office, will replace Steven Miller, the departing interim director of the agency, who is at the heart of the controversy over the I.R.S.'s targeting of conservative groups.
The announcement from the White House said Mr. Werfel would begin his new job on May 22.
"Danny has proven an effective leader who serves with professionalism, integrity and skill," Mr. Obama said in the 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 I.R.S., Danny has the experience and management ability necessary to lead the agency at this important time."
Another top official at the I.R.S. also announced his departure Thursday. Joseph Grant, the commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, said he would retire on June 3, according to an internal memo sent to agency employees.
As one of the top officials at the budget office, Mr. Werfel has been the administration's point man on one of the thorniest political problems in the last six months: the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.
As controller, Mr. Werfel is responsible for making sure that the departments and agencies of the federal government adhere to the sequestration law.
Now, the president is charging Mr. Werfel with another difficult task: overseeing the I.R.S. in the middle of a scandal. Republicans -- and some Democrats -- have made it clear that they intend to hold numerous hearings over the next several months. It will be Mr. Werfel's job to comply with their demands even as he keeps the agency running.
In addition, Mr. Obama has promised to make changes that will restore confidence in the I.R.S. It will be Mr. Werfel's job to put in place those changes. In the news release announcing his appointment, the White House said Mr. Werfel had agreed to serve in the position until the end of the year.
"As acting commissioner, Mr. Werfel will lead efforts to ensure the I.R.S. implements new safeguards to restore public trust and administers the tax code with fairness and integrity," the news release said.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.