The Woman Behind the IRS/ObamaCare Nightmare

Carol Platt Liebau

5/16/2013 6:59:22 PM - Carol Platt Liebau

ABC News is reporting that the woman who was the head of the tax-exempt organizations division of the IRS during the time conservative groups were targeted is now director of the IRS' ObamaCare office.

You can't make this stuff up.

So who is Sarah Hall Ingram?

Well, she was appointed as Commissioner of the Tax-Exempt and Government Entitles Division of the IRS in 2009.  Before that, she was the deputy commissioner, and before that, she was Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel for that division.  She began her career with the IRS in 1982, in the Tax Litigation Division.  She is a 1979 graduate of Yale and a 1982 graduate of Georgetown Law -- which means that (1) she was obviously aware of just how unconstitutional and wrongful the targeting scheme was and (2) she has never worked for anyone, anywhere, except for the IRS.

Ironically, Ingram has touted the importance of "transparency" to the proper governance of non-profits. Her remarks suggest that she sees the IRS in a strong, activist role promoting what the IRS considers to be "good governance" of non-profits.

It's interesting -- and potentially significant -- that she was put in charge of the ObamaCare IRS office.  Did someone in the administration know she could be trusted to play political hardball? Was the post a reward for her service at the IRS? Whose idea was this nomination? How far up the chain was it approved?

Certainly, someone (again, whom?) liked the work she did between 2009 and 2012 at the IRS; Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner reports that she was richly rewarded:

Ingram received a $7,000 bonus in 2009, according to data obtained by The Washington Examiner from the IRS, then a $34,440 bonus in 2010, $35,400 in 2011 and $26,550 last year for a total of $103,390. Her annual salary went from $172,500 to $177,000 during the same period.

The 2010, 2011 and 2012 bonuses were awarded during the period when IRS harrassment of the conservative groups was most intense. The newspaper obtained the data via a Freedom of Information Act request.

So who was in charge of those decisions? The questions -- just like all the appalling administration news -- just keeps coming.