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“Are reports that you can fly accurate?” he asked?

“Greatly exaggerated, sir.”

Ms. Ingram said the IRS‘ systems to handle the health care law are up and running, and that the agency is keeping applicants’ data private. Some critics had warned the massive health law would be a hacker’s dream.

“We have handled all requests received to date via the HHS data services hub, and turnaround times are meeting our goals,” Ms. Ingram said.

Asked about whether she knew about the IRS targeting of conservative groups during her time as Ms. Lerner’s boss, she said she had “no recollection” of hearing about the incidents.

She said she did hear reports in 2012 of problems, but saw her own boss and the inspector general already looking into the matter, so she kept her focus on the health care law.