June 08, 1998
IRS Releases Independent Report
on Inspection Service
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today released the
report of an independent review of the IRS Inspection Service. In
February 1998, Commissioner Charles 0. Rossotti requested the review
of Inspection as part of an overall review of IRS operations.
The review was performed by Charles Bowsher, former Comptroller
General of the United States, and a team of experts he drew together
from Inspector General offices in other government agencies and
assembled by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency.
"I welcome this report," Rossotti said," and concur with
virtually all its findings. I find especially valuable Mr. Bowsher's
insight about the need for comprehensive tracking and analysis of
complaints." Rossotti cautioned that making the recommended changes
will take time, but he pledged to begin the planning process as soon
The report focuses on strengthening the existing Inspection
Service to create a more effective oversight organization. In his
cover letter to Rossotti, Bowsher said, "The report identifies
opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of the Inspection
Service, particularly in the areas of independence, public reporting
of both audit results and accounting for investigative results, and
the process of managing complaints in the IRS."
The Inspection Service is intended to be an independent channel
of information to the Commissioner and the Secretary of the Treasury
in matters affecting the integrity and proper functioning of the
IRS. In accepting the report from Bowsher, Rossotti said, "My
interest has always been to find ways to improve the effectiveness,
independence and credibility of the Inspection Service."
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