Lew on IRS: Never again

He hailed the president's pick of Danny Werfel to take over the IRS, calling him "a person of high integrity, and he's earned the confidence of Democrats and Republicans for his professionalism."

Werfel was previously the controller of the White House's Office of Management and Budget.

In his first month on the job, Werfel has been tasked with reviewing the matter to find out who was responsible and hold them accountable, as well as identify any systemic issues at the IRS that could have allowed the targeting to occur, according to Lew.

Lew appeared before the panel to discuss the latest state of financial regulation, but the IRS scandal loomed large over the topic of the day.

Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) opened the hearing to express his "sincere disappointment and anger" over the practice, and commended the Obama administration for taking "swift action." Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the ranking Republican on the panel, said he would be "remiss" if he did not address the IRS matter even though the committee does not technically have jurisdiction over the "troubling and disturbing" matter.

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