Lois Lerner, a central figure in the Internal Revenue Service’s tea party controversy, resigned Monday morning after an internal-
review board determined that she should be removed from the agency for “neglect of duties,” according to a statement from the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.
The IRS confirmed Lerner’s resignation but said it could not comment further because of federal privacy rules.
Lerner’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment Monday.
An inspector general’s audit found that the IRS had inappropriately targeted groups for extra scrutiny based on their political leanings, leading to congressional and Justice Department investigations and a leadership shake-up, including the forced resignation of former agency commissioner Steven Miller, and Lerner being placed on administrative leave.
Lerner, head of the IRS’s exempt-organizations division, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when she appeared before a congressional panel in May. But she did tell the panel that she had not done anything wrong and had not broken any laws.