Werfel selects senior leaders at IRS

Danny Werfel

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel has selected three senior staff members to aid him in a review of the tax agency. (File photo)

The Internal Revenue Service selected three senior staff members with strong management backgrounds on June 3 to assist new Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel in conducting a comprehensive review of the nation's embattled tax agency.

W. Todd Grams, currently the chief financial officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be IRS' chief of staff after serving at VA for nearly four years. Grams was responsible for VA's $130 billion budget, with leadership roles in performance management, enterprise risk management, business oversight and financial management.

Heather Maloy will become IRS' deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, overseeing all four IRS operating divisions and criminal investigations. She has been commissioner of the agency's Large Business and International Division since November 2009, where she has oversaw tax administration activities for domestic and foreign businesses and partnerships with assets of more than $10 million.

David Fisher, who formerly served as the Government Accountability Office's chief administrative officer and chief financial officer, is set to serve as senior advisor to the acting commissioner and chief risk officer. At GAO, Fisher established the Continuous Process Improvement Office, charged with overseeing several projects that ultimately earned efficiency gains for GAO.

"This group brings a strong set of management skills and government experience that will be an immediate help as we conduct our review of operations, processes and practices at the IRS," Werfel said in a statement. "Their extensive expertise in management inside and outside the IRS will help us make improvements now and in the future. These are essential steps to restore the public's trust and ensure the fair and effective administration of the nation's tax system."

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Reader comments

Tue, Jun 4, 2013

This article completely sidesteps the underlying story that is unfolding before us. I used to believe the IRS was a decent agency made up of normal Americans just like you and me trying to do a good job for the citizenry paying their salaries. Now I am not so sure. In the movies it is usually some right wing nut with conspiracy theories that does something like this. Turns out in real life, this has demonstrated just the opposite to be true. Instead, we apparently have some apparent left wing nuts taking their "marching orders" from a president who referred to the Tea Pary as economic terrorists. Of course the president did not directly give such orders, but to have an environment where workers or even managers believe it is OK to take such a career risk, in order to carry out the "perceived" orders of the president; it's just very, very creepy. I wish the article had mentioned that the managers Werfel appointed were going to get to the bottom of what happened with a very detailed investigation, not simply that he appointed folks who can help "improve" processes and management oversight. Whatever happened needs to see the full light of day and not have any appearance of "sweeping anything under the rug". Otherwise we may never know whether or not we can trust such a powerful agency of the federal govt again.

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 Alexandria, VA

It's about time someone stopped the corruption at the IRS. I worked there for 5 years in the 90s and everytime I brought up wasteful spending and ethics violations, I was told by my supervisor, "We can do anything we want because we are the IRS". That has been the mentality there for years. I reported incidents to the IG which were blown off at that time. I thought the IRS IG was just one of them. It made me sick to work in such a corrupt environment. I'm a taxpayer too. As soon as all the hiring freezes were lifted, I got out and went back to work for the military. To this day, I will not e-file because I worked there when it was developed and it was not good.

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