Under the Dome

Duke grad has left IRS

Daniel Werfel, the Duke and UNC graduate, who was brought in to lead the Internal Revenue Service after it became embroiled in controversy over how it screened advocacy groups, has left government service.

The Washington Post reported Werfel’s departure this week in its Federal Eye blog.

Last May, when President Barack Obama appointed Werfel as acting commissioner of Internal Revenue, the White House said he agreed to serve through the end of the fiscal year.

The White House Office of Management and Budget confirmed on Friday that Werfel had left government service on Dec. 31.

Werfel earned a master’s in public policy from Duke University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a former controller of the OMB where he spent much of his career. In a May story, Donna Dyer, the director of career services at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke, described him as “the hard-working kind of person who does what needs to be done.”

Werfel told the Post that he plans to spend time with his family and explore new opportunities for the next phase of his career.