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12:56 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC News) - A former manager at the IRS Cincinnati office at the center of the controversy over the targeting of conservative political organizations seeking tax-exempt status tells NBC News she doesn't think low-level employees acted on their own in flagging them for further scrutiny.  

But she also said that in her time at the IRS she has never known politics or partisan motivations to play any role in the office's work, and doesn't think it did in this case. 

Bonnie Esrig, a 38-year IRS veteran, worked as an area manager in the Determinations Unit of the IRS' Exempt Organizations department in 2011 and 2012. According to a federal audit and IRS Congressional testimony, some employees in the unit used inappropriate selection criteria to flag the applications of Tea Party and other conservative organizations for further scrutiny, according to an audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. 

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