IRS Appoints Acting Commissioner to Replace Rossotti

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti's five-year term comes to an end on November 6. No replacement has been named, but the IRS announced yesterday it will appoint Bob Wenzel, IRS deputy commissioner, to fill the commissioner's position until a permanent replacement can be found.

In Wednesday's announcement, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said Mr. Wenzel will "keep the IRS on course" as it moves forward with plans to modernize computer systems and fight tax evasion.

Mr. Wenzel has served in the position of deputy commissioner since 1998 and is the highest-ranking career official in the IRS. He joined the IRS in 1963 as a revenue agent. Mr. Wenzel has served in a number of increasingly responsible management positions with the IRS. Currently he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Service and the strategic management of tax administration.

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