President Obama won't leave the top job at the Internal Revenue Service vacant for long.
NBC News has confirmed from a senior administration official that the president plans to appoint a new acting IRS commissioner this week.
Obama said Wednesday that he was "angry" at IRS officials who inappropriately targeted conservative groups for scrutiny when he announced that his administration had sought and accepted Steven Miller's resignation as interim commissioner of the IRS.
"I've reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog's report, and the misconduct that it uncovered was inexcusable," Obama said in a statement at the White House.
"It's inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I'm angry about it."
The president said that he expected the IRS to act with even higher levels of integrity than other government agencies and that, to that end, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had sought and accepted Miller's resignation — something many Republicans had demanded.
Obama's remarks came amid news that two IRS employees who had engaged in activities targeting conservative groups had faced disciplinary action for their conduct.
The inspector general's release Monday found that incompetence and ineffective management at the tax-collecting agency led to employees' applying extra scrutiny to conservative and Tea Party advocacy groups. The report also found there was no evidence of outside pressure on officials to target conservative groups.