Washington -- In a potential intra-government partnership, the Department of Defense has proposed tapping into the Internal Revenue Service databank to help track down military reservists who have lost contact with the DoD.

The measure, which would go before Congress and ultimately President Bush, would allow the Pentagon access to the IRS’ roster of names and addresses of up to 50,000 reservists who are eligible for a recall to active duty.

If approved, the measure would circumvent IRS’ Section 6103, which bans the service from sharing any form of taxpayer information.

According to reports, a Pentagon spokesman said the IRS proposal to locate reservists has been in discussions for several years and not related to the current war in Iraq.

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