Jeffrey Zients is still in South Africa. In fact, Jeffrey Zients, the former head of the OMB has been on an ‘extended absence; from the United States in South Africa. Zients claims it’s a ‘family vacation.’ Funny though, according to th Daily Caller, Jeffrey Zients met at the White House with key figures of Obama’s Internal Revenue Service just before news broke that the IRS was targeting conservative nonprofit groups for abusive audits and delays. Zients has still not returned from an overseas trip that began after his departure from the Obama administration in April, two weeks before the IRS scandal broke.
OMB, which had declined to comment on Zients’ abrupt departure prior to The Daily Caller’s report, did not return a request for comment.
As The Daily Caller reported, Zients met with then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and Shulman’s political aide Jonathan Davis and spokesman Frank Keith at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House complex on April 24, 2012.
Only Zients, who was in charge of OMB at the time, and the three men from the IRS attended the meeting, according to White House visitor logs. Their appointment ended more than eight hours after it began, according to the logs.