Stephen A. Whitlock, the director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Whistleblower Office, has been named director of the IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility, effective Aug. 3, 2015. 

Whitlock was the first to hold the role of director of the Whistleblower Office. He oversaw development of the program, set policy and provided oversight for IRS action on information provided by whistleblowers.

Prior to that, Whitlock held the position of deputy director of the Office of Professional Responsibility where he oversaw the conduct of attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents, enrolled retirement plan agents, actuaries and appraisers who practice before the IRS under Treasury Circular 230.

Succeeding him will be Lee D. Martin, who has been named as the director of the Whistleblower Office effective August 3, 2015. Martin previously served as the deputy director of the Office of Professional Responsibility, where he too oversaw the conduct of CPAs and other tax professionals who practice before the IRS under Circular 230.

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