Unlike Douglas Shulman, who was at least the IRS commissioner, there really was no reason for a woman who headed the tax exempt division to be in and out of the White House all the time. There was even less reason for her to meet with Obama six times. Somehow I doubt that department heads in OSHA or Fish and Wildlife are meeting with Obama on a regular basis. And the IRS’s tax exempt division is usually even less interesting.
Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS official currently in charge of overseeing the agency’s implementation of Obamacare, has logged 165 recorded visits to the White House 165 times since 2011, according to an analysis of White House visitor records compiled by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.
Ingram headed the IRS’ tax-exempt division in 2010 when the scandal-ridden agency began improperly targeting the tax-exempt nonprofit status of conservative groups.
Ingram visited with President Obama six times, according to White House visitor logs. All of Ingram’s 165 recorded visits involved meetings with White House staff.
Considering that Ingram and Shulman never visited the White House together, the two IRS officials have been responsible for more than 300 public visits since the beginning of the Obama administration.
Ingram received more than $100,000 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012.
That is a lot of face time followed by big bonuses and a promotion. Government work isn’t all that different from real work. Repeated meetings with the top bosses means you’re getting special instructions. Bonuses and promotions means that they’re impressed with how you followed the instructions. And it’s not too hard to guess what those instructions were and how Ingram followed them.