Washington (Aug. 30, 2004) -- The Internal Revenue Service has tapped Donald T. Rocen, special counsel to the chief counsel, as the agency's acting deputy chief counsel for operations.

In his new role, Rocen will direct approximately 1,000 attorneys serving the IRS operating divisions and other specialized areas and oversee the Office of Chief Counsel’s nationwide tax litigation, non-tax legal services and managerial support programs.

Rocen joined the Office of Chief Counsel in May, after serving since 1989 in the Washington office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked on the resolution of a wide range of federal tax compliance issues. His consulting engagements at PwC involved clients in the energy, utility, entertainment, media, manufacturing, financial services and technology industries.

Prior to his work for PwC, Rocen served from 1986 to 1989 as assistant to IRS Commissioner Lawrence B. Gibbs, focusing on technical guidance in such areas as income tax accounting, pension and exempt organizations, tax-exempt bonds, excise taxes and compliance procedures. From 1971 to 1986, he served in a number of Office of Chief Counsel positions, including docket attorney in the General Litigation Division, branch chief and assistant director in the Disclosure Litigation Division, trial attorney in the Denver District Counsel Office and deputy associate chief counsel for litigation.

Rocen’s selection is subject to confirmation by the Office of Personnel Management.

-- WebCPA staff

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