By Sam Baker and Bernie Becker - 05/17/13 01:50 AM EDT
The woman who ran the office accused of targeting Tea Party groups is now running the office tasked with implementing ObamaCare.
ABC News reported Thursday that Sarah Hall Ingram, the former director of the office that oversaw tax-exempt organizations during the alleged targeting of conservative groups, now leads the office in charge of the Affordable Care Act.
According to ABC, Ingram led the office that oversaw tax-exempt organizations from 2009 to 2012 — including at least part of the time during which that office is accused of singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status.
Republicans had already tried to tie the IRS scandal to the healthcare law, simply by virtue of the fact that the IRS is responsible for a huge amount of the law's most significant provisions.
A more direct connection to the Tea Party scandal, though, could inflame GOP criticism.
Ingram's successor, Joseph Grant, resigned Thursday over the allegations of improperly targeting conservative groups. He had been deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt office during the targeting, but has only been its commissioner for a week, according to ABC.
The IRS's biggest job under the healthcare law is to determine whether people are eligible for subsidies from the federal government to help pay for private insurance, and to administer those subsidies.
The tax agency is also charged with enforcing the law's individual coverage mandate, which requires most taxpayers to either buy insurance or pay a penalty.