Washington (Jan. 20, 2004) -- The Internal Revenue Service has named Nancy J. Jardini head of the agency’s law enforcement division.

As chief of Criminal Investigation, Jardini will direct a nationwide staff of about 4,500 employees, including more than 2,900 special agents. She is the first woman in CI's 85-year history to lead the organization.

“Nancy is a tough, no-nonsense former prosecutor with the right blend of skills to lead this important organization,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “I am confident that she will both respect the storied tradition of our Criminal Investigation division and help provide a reinvigorated focus on criminal tax enforcement.”

Jardini replaces David B. Palmer, who served as chief from November 2002 until his retirement earlier this month. Her selection fills one of the final remaining positions on the leadership team for Everson, who became commissioner in May. Jardini will work closely with the commissioners of the IRS’s four operating divisions.

“We will continue vigorously investigating tax law violations while, at the same time, contributing to our nation’s fight against corporate fraud, terrorism and drug trafficking,” Jardini said.

Since January 2003, Jardini had served as the deputy chief of CI. She was the first woman to serve in that role. Prior to joining CI, she was the IRS associate chief counsel/division counsel for criminal tax. Jardini joined the IRS in July 2000 from the Criminal Division of the Justice Department.

-- WebCPA staff

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