FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 1997 Contact: Lisa McHenry (202) 225-7004
Washington, D.C. - The National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service will conduct a two-day public meeting on January 8 and 9, 1997, in room 2168 Rayburn House Office Building, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on both days. The Commission is jointly chaired by Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska) and Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
The January 8 meeting will focus on IRS services relating to taxpayer assistance: the role of the taxpayer advocate and problem resolution officers, taxpayer inquiries for technical assistance and account management, and non-tax functions performed by the IRS. Those testifying on January 8 include:
Non-Tax Functions Robert J. Carver, Former IRS Executive Officer for Service Center Operations James McGovern, Former IRS Asst. Comm. for Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations Don Lubick, Department of Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Taxpayer Inquiries Hobart Harris, Principal, Ernst & Young (specializing in Reengineering Call Centers) Robert E. Barr, Vice President of Government Programs, Intuit J. Ron Watson, IRS Assistant Commissioner for Customer Service Role of Taxpayer Advocate and Problem Resolution Officers Linda Martin, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche and former IRS National Director of Problem Resolution Staff Roger Harris, National Society of Accountants Rena Girinakis, IRS Problem Resolution Officer for Indiana District
The January 9 meeting will concentrate on financial accounting practices at the IRS, the geographic allocation of IRS resources, and the tax gap. Witnesses on January 9 will be:
Financial Accounting Greg Holloway, Director, Civil Audits, GAO Anthony Musick, IRS Chief Financial Officer Geographic Allocation of IRS Resources and Personnel Professor Susan Long, TRAC Studies, Syracuse University Wayne Thomas, IRS National Director of Compliance Research The Numbers: Tax Gap, Accounts Receivable, and Non-Filers Professor Susan Long, TRAC Studies, Syracuse University Dr. Berdj Kenadjian, former IRS Chief Economist (Compliance Estimates) Lynda Willis, Director Tax Policy and Administration Issues, GAO Wayne Thomas, IRS National Director of Compliance Research