IRS Is Seeking Applications for Vacancies on the ACT
by Terri Eyden on
The IRS is requesting applications for membership to serve on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). Applications will be accepted for the following vacancies, which will occur in June 2014:
- Two – employee plans
- Two – exempt organizations
- Three – federal, state, and local governments
- Two – Indian Tribal Governments
- One – tax-exempt bonds
To ensure appropriate balance of membership, final selection from qualified candidates will be determined based on experience, qualifications, and other expertise. Members of the ACT may not be federally registered lobbyists.
Written applications or nominations must be received on or before November 4, 2013.
Applicants may use the ACT Application Form on the IRS website  (IRS.gov) or may send an application by letter with the following information:
- Name; other name(s) used and date(s) (required for FBI check)
- Date of birth (required for FBI check)
- City and state of birth (required for FBI Check)
- Current address, telephone number, fax number (if any), and e-mail address (if any)
Applications should also describe and document the proposed member's qualifications for membership on the ACT. Applications should also specify the vacancy for which they wish to be considered.
The ACT, governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, is an organized public forum for discussion of relevant employee plans; exempt organizations; tax-exempt bonds; and federal, state, local, and Indian tribal government issues between officials of the IRS and representatives of the above communities. The ACT also enables the IRS to receive regular input with respect to the development and implementation of IRS policy concerning these communities.
ACT members present the interested public's observations about current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures as well as suggest improvements. ACT members shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury and shall serve for two-year terms. Terms can be extended for an additional year. ACT members will not be paid for their time or services. ACT members will be reimbursed for their travel-related expenses to attend working sessions and public meetings, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 5703.
The Secretary of the Treasury invites those individuals, organizations, and groups affiliated with employee plans and exempt organizations to nominate individuals for membership on the ACT.
Nominations should describe and document the proposed member's qualifications for ACT membership, including the nominee's past or current affiliations and dealings with the particular community or segment of the community that he or she wishes to represent (e.g., employee plans). Nominations should also specify the vacancy for which he or she wishes to be considered. The Department of the Treasury seeks a diverse group of members representing a broad spectrum of persons experienced in employee plans and exempt organizations.
Nominees must go through a clearance process before selection by the Department of the Treasury. In accordance with the Department of the Treasury Directive 21-03, the clearance process includes, among other things, pre-appointment and annual tax checks, and an FBI criminal and subversive name check, fingerprint check, and security clearance.
For more information, contact Mark Kirbabas at (202) 317-8444 or by e-mail at Mark.J.Kirbabas@irs.gov .
Source: October 1, 2013, IRS notice published in the Federal Register