After two years as director of the Internal Revenue Service Office of Professional Responsibility, Cono R. Namorato returned to Washington-based law firm Caplin & Drysdale as a partner.

Namorato was appointed to the IRS job in December 2003, as part of an effort to strengthen professional standards and build faith in the tax system. The Office of Professional Responsibility investigates allegations of misconduct or negligence brought against tax practitioners. The office also licenses enrolled agents -- tax professionals who meet certain requirements and can represent taxpayers before the IRS.

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