Obama Press Conference LIVE: President Makes Statement On IRS Scandal


President Obama will deliver remarks shortly regarding the IRS scandal that involved members of the Internal Revenue Service being directed to investigate conservative groups such as the Tea Party. 

CNN reports that among the criteria used by IRS officials to flag applications was a "Be On the Look Out" list, or a BOLO, which was discontinued in 2012, according to the report. The criteria on the BOLO included:

Whether "Tea Party," "Patriots" or "9/12 Project" was referenced in the case file.

Whether the issues outlined in the application included government spending, government debt or taxes.

Whether there was advocating or lobbying to "make America a better place to live."

Whether a statement in the case file criticized how the country is being run.

Whether it advocated education about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Speaking for the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney has said that no one in the White House was made aware of the illegal IRS practice until media reports this week.