FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 1997 Contact: Lisa McHenry (202) 225-7004

IRS COMMISSION TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON MARCH 13

Washington, D.C. - The National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service will conduct a public meeting on March 13, 1997, in room 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Commission is jointly chaired by Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska) and Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

The first panel will focus on computer security and the need to protect confidential taxpayer information from computer hackers and other fraudulent behavior. The second panel will give an overview of the Congressional appropriation for the Internal Revenue Service and a historical analysis of the IRS budget. The third panelist will discuss new approaches to enforcing compliance, including using modern police techniques. And the fourth panel will speak on the IRS' preservation of historical documents. The detailed agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Information Security

Len Baptiste, Director, Systems, Standards & Evaluation, Internal Revenue Service

Joe Mahaffee, Principal, Booz-Allen & Hamilton

Rich Pethia, Director, Computer Emergency Response Team, Software Engineering

Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University

Budget Process

Chuck Parkinson, House Appropriations Committee

Rosemary Marcus, Congressional Budget Office

Bob Litan, Brookings Institute

Approaches to Compliance

Malcom Sparrow, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

National Archives and IRS Records Retention

Lou Bellardo, Deputy Archivist of the United States

David A. Mader, Chief Management & Administration, Internal Revenue Service

Shelley Davis, Former IRS Historian and Author

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