The Internal Revenue Service has begun processing more claims under its whistleblower program, paying over 90 awards since October 2011, after an influential senator held up confirmation of two high-ranking Treasury Department officials.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he has released his objection to proceeding on the nominations of two Assistant Secretaries of the Treasury, Mark Mazur and Matthew Rutherford, after he received responses from the IRS and the Treasury Department about the delays in paying whistleblower awards.

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