April 25, 1990
Kern Named IRS Chief Inspector
WASHINGTON - IRS Commissioner Fred T. Goldberg, Jr. today
announced a change in the title of the executive position
responsible for internal audit and internal security programs. The
position will now be known as IRS chief inspector, rather than
assistant commissioner for inspection. Teddy R. Kern, presently the
assistant commissioner for inspection, will assume the new title of
Goldberg said the change was needed to clearly define the
importance of the IRS inspection service as the independent
authority within the IRS to review and appraise all aspects of IRS
operations. "The chief inspector reports directly to me." Goldberg
said. "The autonomy of the IRS inspection service is essential, and
I believe this change will enhance that perception, both inside and
outside the IRS."
The IRS Commissioner has five top-level career assistants --
senior deputy commissioner, deputy commissioner for operations,
chief financial officer, chief information officer and chief
inspector. Only the senior deputy commissioner and the chief
inspector report to the Commissioner.
The inspection service assists IRS in maintaining the public's
confidence in the integrity and fairness of the IRS and its 120,000
employees by providing independent audits of over 700 programs and
conducting investigations to detect and deter fraud and abuse.
Kern, who is a certified public accountant, began his IRS
career in 1962 as a revenue agent in Danville, Ill. He has held
several executive positions in the IRS including assistant director
of the Detroit District, deputy assistant commissioner for the
employee plans and exempt organizations at IRS headquarters in
Washington, and deputy assistant commissioner for inspection. In
1979, he was appointed director of the Baltimore District and in
March 1988 became assistant commissioner for inspection.
Kern, a native of Zeigler, Ill., earned a bachelor's degree in
business from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. He
and his wife, Blondell Mings Kern of West Frankfort, Ill., have two
children, Scott and Debra.
Kern is a member of the American and Illinois Societies of
Certified Public Accountants and the Senior Executives Association.
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