President George W. Bush said this week that he will appoint Jeffrey F. Kupfer, Treasury deputy chief of staff, to serve as executive director of his bipartisan Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.

The nine-member panel, created earlier this month, is charged with arriving at options to reform the tax code to make it "simpler, fairer and more pro-growth." Bush named former senators Connie Mack III and John Breaux to serve as chairman and vice chairman of the panel.

Kupfer has been at the Treasury since January 2001, where he assists in managing the day-to-day operations of the department and coordinating the development and implementation of its policy priorities, as well as serving as a senior advisor to the Deputy Secretary. He previously served as the department's executive secretary and as special assistant for policy in the White House chief of staff's office from May until December 2003.

Earlier in his career, Kupfer served as a tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee and was a trial attorney in the Department of Justice's Tax Division.

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