Biden to nominate Danny Werfel as IRS commissioner

Werfel will have $80 billion — including $4.8 billion for modernizing business systems and cybersecurity monitoring — at his disposal via the Inflation Reduction Act.
Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel takes his seat prior to a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on June 27, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Biden intends to nominate Danny Werfel to be the next commissioner of the IRS, the White House announced Thursday.

Werfel served under both presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush as acting IRS commissioner and Office of Management and Budget controller, respectively.

The managing director of Boston Consulting Group’s public sector practice would helm the IRS right as it’s received $80 billion — $4.8 billion for modernizing business systems and cybersecurity monitoring — via the Inflation Reduction Act.

Werfel oversaw the launch of IRS-related Affordable Care Act technology and weathered a multi-week government shutdown, after Obama appointed him to handle numerous congressional investigations into mismanagement and bias in determining the tax-exempt status of nonprofits in 2013.


As OMB controller he led implementation of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with minimal fraud or error and ensured the Office of Financial Stability had a clean financial statement audit in its first year.

Werfel has been a co-host of Scoop News Group’s Gov Actually podcast since 2017.

Dave Nyczepir

Written by Dave Nyczepir

Dave Nyczepir is a technology reporter for FedScoop. He was previously the news editor for Route Fifty and, before that, the education reporter for The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, California. He covered the 2012 campaign cycle as the staff writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine and Maryland’s 2012 legislative session as the politics reporter for Capital News Service at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his master’s of journalism.

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