Washington (May 27, 2003) -- In his third week on the job, Internal Revenue Service commissioner Mark W. Everson has realigned the agency's management structure and filled several key vacancies.

"The transformation of the IRS remains a work in progress," Everson said. "The realignment of the Commissioner's office will help ensure accountability and clarify responsibilities so we can improve taxpayer service, continue modernization efforts and strengthen enforcement initiatives."

The realignment includes the creation of an additional Deputy Commissioner position to oversee operations support. Bob Wenzel will be the deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, and will supervise the agency's four business units along with Criminal Investigation and the Office of Professional Responsibility.

John Dalrymple will be the deputy commissioner for operations support, and will supervise the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Information Officer, the Chief Human Capital Officer, Agency Wide Shared Services and the agency's Information Technology and physical security operations.

Everson said the IRS must bring the same focus and energy to improving enforcement's business processes as it does to improving the service side of the agency. "It's unacceptable that a corporate audit takes five years on average from the date of filing to complete. And two years is too long to get ready to present a criminal case to the Department of Justice," Everson said.

-- WebCPA staff

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