The Internal Revenue Service named Linda Stiff as the replacement for outgoing Acting Commissioner Kevin M. Brown.

Brown stepped down last week to accept a job as chief operating officer at the American Red Cross, where he will be working under another former IRS commissioner, Mark W. Everson, who took over as CEO and president of the Red Cross in April.

In addition to becoming acting commissioner, Stiff will move from her current post as deputy commissioner for operations support to the job of deputy commissioner for services and enforcement. Stiff has been in charge of personnel services, technology and security at the IRS. In the past she has worked as deputy commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division, and director of compliance of the Wage and Investment Division.

Replacing her in the operations support post will be Richard Spires, currently chief information officer. He has been overseeing the technology modernization effort at the IRS and will continue his involvement in that.

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