The Internal Revenue Service announced the selection of directors for its Government Entities and Employee Plans departments, as well as a new chief information officer.   Michael Julianelle will take over as the director of Government Entities in mid-November, while Joseph H. Grant will serve as the director of Employee Plans beginning Oct. 1. Both organizations are part of the IRS’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division.    As of Sept. 17, Richard A. Spires has taken over as the agency’s new chief information officer.   Julianelle replaces Preston R. Butcher, who will retire at yearend but remain in the broader TE/GE division to work on special projects until then. Julianelle will oversee the operations of the three Government Entities offices -- Federal, State and Local Governments, Indian Tribal Governments and Tax Exempt Bonds.   Julianelle has been director of EP examinations since 2004. Before that, he served as the international area director in the IRS’s Small Business/Self-Employed Division.    Grant replaces Carol Gold, the employee plans director since November 1999, who has accepted a teaching position with the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va. The division is responsible for administering the law affecting more than one million public and private retirement plans that have almost $12 trillion under management.   Grant joined the IRS in August 2005, as of director of the EP rulings & agreements division. Before that, he was chief operating officer and a deputy executive director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.   Spires, a private-sector information technology executive -- with software vendor Mantas Inc. and SRA International -- before joining the IRS in early 2004, will be responsible for virtually all aspects of the IRS’ information technology systems, including its mission-critical modernization program. Spires has had responsibility for more than 400 electronic systems within the IRS that support tax administration, as well as oversight of the projects within the Business Systems Modernization Program.

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