As if that were not daunting enough, Sarah Hall Ingram
also likely will be questioned by Republicans about her
previous IRS job.
She headed the IRS tax-exempt division at the time it started subjecting conservative groups allied with the Tea Party movement to extra scrutiny.
In the past, "Republicans have attacked Ms. Ingram
unfairly by claiming she
was responsible for 'targeting' Tea Party organizations seeking tax-exempt status, and they have called for her
suspension," said a Democratic staff memo to lawmakers.
According to the memo, distributed on Tuesday ahead of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, Republican Jim Jordan once said, "I can't wait until we get her
in front of the committee."
Republican Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said in a letter to Democrats on Tuesday that until now the IRS has "refused to allow" Ingram to testify.
is uniquely positioned to provide the committee with information" about implementing the healthcare law, he
A Republican staffer said Republicans hope to uncover at the hearing any problems that lie ahead for the IRS
as it works to implement the healthcare law.
Republicans have demanded defunding or delaying the law and last week shut down the federal government over the issue.
Republican committee members will question Ingram
about any setbacks the Obama
administration may be "hiding from the public," a committee spokeswoman said.
IRS offices are largely closed due to the federal government shutdown and attempts to reach Ingram