CNN's Dana Bash and Kevin Bohn and Deirdre Walsh
Washington (CNN) -
The woman who first confirmed the Internal Revenue Service had unfairly targeted certain political groups is retiring, the IRS said in a statement Monday.
Lois Lerner, director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, was placed on administrative leave
in May, just weeks after she admitted
the IRS was applying extra scrutiny to certain groups between 2010 and 2012.
Her statements were followed by an audit with similar findings by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
"We can confirm today that Lois Lerner has retired," the IRS said in a statement. "Under federal privacy rules, the IRS cannot comment further on individual employee matters."