• Cindy Thomas has been promoted to the  senior technical team for the Director of Exempt  Organizations
  • Thomas was in charge of the Exempt  Organizations Office in Cincinnati when political groups were targeted for extra  scrutiny
  • Thomas is filling a role left vacant when  a sixth senior IRS staff member quit recently
  • She has not been called to testify to  Congress on the issue

By  Alex Greig

PUBLISHED: 14:14 EST, 10  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 14:14 EST, 10 August 2013

The IRS agent in charge of the Exempt  Organizations Office in Cincinnati at a time when political groups were targeted  for extra scrutiny has just received a promotion.

Cindy Thomas, a 35-year IRS veteran, has been  appointed to the senior technical adviser team for the Director of Exempt  Organizations.

The position became available after Sharon  Light, who worked closely with Lois Lerner, left the organization. She was the  sixth senior IRS official to leave since the scandal broke three months ago.

New job: Cindy Thomas, pictured, was the program manager of the IRS tax-exempt organizations determinations division and has now been promoted to the senior technical adviser team 

New job: Cindy Thomas, pictured, was the program manager  of the IRS tax-exempt organizations determinations division and has now been  promoted to the senior technical adviser team

 

Light left the job to take up a position with  the American Cancer Society.

Lerner is the embattled former head of the  IRS Exemptions Office who has been called upon to testify before the House  Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

She is on administrative leave from the  organization while investigations are ongoing, according to various media  reports.

Testify: Lois Lerner (pictured) who headed the division that oversees exempt organizations invoked the Fifth Amendment before Congress recently when questioned about IRS practices  

Testify: Lois Lerner (pictured) who headed the division  that oversees exempt organizations invoked the Fifth Amendment before Congress  recently when questioned about IRS practices

 

Kenneth Corbin, who has taken up Lerner’s  position, wrote in an email to employees:

‘Cindy brings a strong background in EO  Determinations and the history of the organization,’

‘And, since she is located in Cincinnati,  she will provide a voice for the process and challenges faced in determinations  work.’

According to  a Fox News report, Thomas was the person in charge  of IRS workers who dragged their feet on tax-exemption approvals.

‘When an application for tax exempt status  comes into the IRS, agents have 270 days to work through that application. If  the application is not processed within those 270 days it automatically triggers  flags in the system.

‘So who in the chain of command would have  received all these flags? The answer, according to the IRS directory, is one  woman in Cincinnati, Cindy Thomas, the Program Manager of the Tax Exempt  Division,’ reported Fox News.

Chain of command: Fox News created this graphic to show that Thomas was in charge of employees who sent probing letters to political groups 

Chain of command: Fox News created this graphic to show  that Thomas was in charge of employees who sent probing letters to political  groups

 

Death and taxes: The IRS has come under scrutiny over the past three months since it was revealed the organization may unfairly target political groups applying for tax exemptions 

Death and taxes: The IRS has come under scrutiny over  the past three months since it was revealed the organization may unfairly target  political groups applying for tax exemptions

 

But the question of whether there was any  type of political motivation for the IRS tax exemptions department’s Be On The  Lookout list has not yet been answered.

According to Congressman Elijah Cummings,  transcripts of an interview with an anonymous IRS manager who describes himself  as a ‘conservative Republican’ reveal that the IRS agent told Congressional  investigators he had initiated the targeted reviews without any instruction from  the White House, and that they weren’t politically motivated.

On August 7, Representative Darrell Issa, the  chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requested  documents, including emails between staff at the IRS and the Federal Electoral  Commission, about the ‘inappropriate coordination’ of tax-exempt applications of  various groups.

So far, Cindy Thomas has not been called to  appear before Congress.

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