It’s almost a guarantee he told Obama prior to his claims of hearing about it in the news.

Via Politico:

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew learned in March that an inspector general was investigating the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, but he did not know the details until last Friday.

Lew said in an interview with Bloomberg TV today that he met with the inspector general closely after assuming his post, but he was presented only with a list of ongoing investigations, not specific details of the audit on conservative groups.

He added that he found the program to be outrageous.

“When I learned about it — from the moment I learned about it, I was outraged,” he said. “As a citizen, it is a matter of the highest priority that the IRS be beyond suspicion in terms of its integrity.”