December 01, 1998
Internal Revenue Service
Recruits for Top Positions
WASHINGTON - As part of its ongoing effort to modernize
operations and improve service to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue
Service has begun recruiting for senior leadership positions in two
of its newly created operating divisions.
The individuals selected to fill the new top leadership
positions will manage the IRS's Middle Market/Large Corporation and
Tax Exempt operating divisions. Recruitment for the two other
divisions - one serving taxpayers with wage and investment income,
the other serving small businesses - will begin later in 1999.
"We want only the best people from inside and outside the IRS on
our management team," said Charles 0. Rossotti, Commissioner of
Internal Revenue. "I am personally involved in making sure that we
put the right people into the right jobs.
The IRS is recruiting both externally and internally within the
IRS. It has engaged the services of an executive search firm to find
and review the external candidates. To attract top-level internal
applicants, Rossotti recently sent personal letters inviting
qualified IRS executives to apply.
"Over the past six months, we have attracted some outstanding
people to join the IRS who complement the excellent IRS executive
staff already in place," Rossotti said. "This winning combination
in our senior management not only provides a wide range of talent
and experience, but helps guarantee that we will achieve our goal of
providing top quality service to our customers, the American
taxpayers, by looking at things from their point of view."
As part of its modernization, the IRS focusing on improving
customer service by reorganizing into four business units to meet
the needs of specific groups of taxpayers.
The Middle Market/Large Corporation unit will have about 10,000
employees and will serve about 80,000 corporations. It will also
have responsibility for the IRS's international activities. The
entities served by this operating division, which include the
county's largest corporations, are responsible for paying almost
$520 billion in taxes, including income, employment and withholding
The Tax Exempt unit will have about 4,000 employees. The
entities it will serve include 900,000 private retirement plans with
77 million participants and assets of $2.4 trillion; public
retirement plans controlling nearly $3 trillion; over 1 million tax
exempt organizations and an estimated 340,000 religious
organizations controlling assets of $1.2 trillion; 86,000 federal,
state and local entities; and 220,000 tax exempt bonds with a total
value of $1.3 trillion.
The IRS said it expects to decide on the locations for these two
operating units and announce them in January, before the final
selection of the positions is made.
Over the past six months, the IRS has recruited several external
applicants into leadership positions with the IRS. Among these are
John LaFaver, now the Deputy Commissioner for Modernization, Paul
Cosgrave, the Chief Information Officer, and Val Oveson, the
Taxpayer Advocate. All were well-known in their fields, either in
state taxation or private-sector technology, before joining the IRS.
To get more information about these two new positions or to send
a resume, contact Renee Brotman at 202-622-4710 (voice) or
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