*** Media Advisory ***


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 1996			Contact:  Lisa McHenry (202) 225-7004
COMMISSION TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE IRS, PRIVACY ISSUES, AND THE COMPLEXITY OF THE TAX CODE

Washington, D.C. - The National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service will conduct a two-day public meeting on November 7 and 8, 1996, in room 311 Cannon House Office Building, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on November 7 and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on November 8. The Commission is jointly chaired by Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska) and Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

The November 7 meeting will focus on the organizational structure and functions of the IRS, strategic planning and implementation, priority setting, and performance measures. Those testifying on November 7 include:

Connie Coleman, Former Regional Director of the IRS; Morgan Kinghorn, Former Chief Financial Officer of the IRS; and Gene Dodaro, Assistant Comptroller of the GAO.

The November 8 meeting will concentrate on the use of the Internal Revenue Code section 6103 and the complexity of the tax laws and the resulting burdens on both taxpayers and the IRS. Witnesses on November 8 will be:

Don Alexander, Former IRS Commissioner;
Jim Keightley, Former IRS Assistant Chief Counsel for Disclosure Litigation;
William A. Dobrovir, Attorney and FOIA expert;
Lynda Willis, Director for Tax Policy and Administration Issues of the GAO;
Michael E. Mares, American Institute of CPAs;
James R. Murray, Tax Executives Institute; and
Elizabeth Garrett, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Also, the web site of the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service is now up and running. Please visit the site at http://www.house.gov/natcommirs/main.htm to leave comments or for background information on the Commission, future meeting dates, and updated news.

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