The Internal Revenue Service appointed four people to high-ranking positions at the agency.

Richard E. Byrd Jr. became commissioner of the Wage and Investment Division. Pamela G. Watson will become deputy commissioner of the division after the current commissioner, Richard Morgante, retires in January. Byrd was previously deputy commissioner of the division. Watson was a deputy commissioner of the division in the past, but most recently has been field director of compliance services in Austin, Texas.

The IRS also named Art Gonzalez as the agency's new chief information officer. He replaces Richard Spires, who will become an IRS deputy commissioner for operations support in September. Gonzalez will oversee the IRS's massive Modernization and Information Technology Services, including its nearly $2 billion annual budget. He was previously deputy CIO and acting associate CIO for enterprise networks.

Frank Y. Ng will take over as commissioner of the Large and Midsized Business Division at the IRS after the current commissioner, Deborah M. Nolan, retires in October. Ng has worked for the IRS for 34 years and currently serves as deputy commissioner (international) for the division, which oversees the administration of taxes for corporations and partnerships with assets of more than $10 million.

The moves come as IRS Acting Commissioner Kevin Brown prepares to cede his post to Linda Stiff, who will replace him in September (see IRS Appoints New Commissioner).

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