But not forgotten.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said he would like to recall Lerner, contending that she might have effectively waved her right not to answer all questions when she read her prepared statement and verified a document in response to his request.
Some lawmakers have called for her head, underscoring her reason to avoid providing any ammunition to critics and investigators.
At Tuesday's Senate Finance Committee hearing into the IRS, the first question from Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., was "Why weren't people then fired or transferred" after the agency's management learned at least a year ago about the use of such terms as "tea party" in the selection of groups for extra scrutiny.
Steven Miller, the acting IRS commissioner, said one employee was transferred and another was recommended for oral counseling.
Also, Miller's resignation has been accepted, and Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency's tax exempt and government entities divisions, announced plans to retire.
But neither of them was initially responsible for the decision to resume the targeting after Lerner tried to stop it.
Who was responsible?
Nobody seems to know.
"The IG said he doesn't know who made the decision to resume; the IRS commissioner doesn't know who made the decision to resume," said an exasperated Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., to Miller at the Senate session. "I mean, did you ask these questions?"
Miller's response: "I was told a name, and it turned out they didn't think that was the correct name."
I don't favor letting federal employees, especially the lower-level folks, twist in the wind, or naming them publicly for bureaucratic mistakes, if that's what this was.
Yet the inability of the top man in the IRS to say who is responsible for this scandal after all this time, after all these inquiries, is incredible.
But rather than a coverup, this smells of the bad management documented in the inspector general's report. Issa noted that this scandal involves a very small number of IRS employees. They were failed by their leadership.
"One thing is clear," Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., told the House hearing, "we see here at least terrible incompetence in the absence of the normal managerial oversight you'd expect in any federal agency, certainly the IRS. . . . The civil servants are doing their incompetent best, I suppose."
Davidson writes the Federal Diary column for The Washington Post.