February 04, 1998
Commissioner Orders Review of
IRS Inspection Service
WASHINGTON - Commissioner of Internal Revenue Charles 0.
Rossotti has announced that he will begin an independent review of
the IRS Inspection Service to assess Inspection's effectiveness in
accomplishing its mission.
"At my confirmation hearing, I committed to improving the work
of the IRS," Commissioner Rossotti said. "This commitment requires
that I review the operations of all parts of the organization,
including the Inspection Service, which fulfills a vital and
specialized function within the IRS."
The Inspection Service is intended to be an independent channel
of information to the Commissioner and to the Treasury Secretary in
matters affecting the integrity and proper functioning of the IRS. A
specific purpose of this review is to determine whether Inspection
is effectively accomplishing this essential aspect.
"I am very pleased that Mr. Charles Bowsher, a well-known and
highly respected expert in the field of audit and inspection of
government programs, has agreed to provide me an independent
assessment of our Inspection Service. He will be assisted by a team
of experts drawn from Inspector General offices in other government
agencies and assembled by the President's Council on Integrity and
Efficiency. Together, Mr. Bowsher and this team will advise me as to
how the Inspection Service can best perform its essential mission."
The team of experts will investigate or assess any aspects of
the Inspection Service that Bowsher needs for his review. It is
expected that these will include: a review of the organization and
methodology used by Inspection to plan and deliver its audits and
investigations; the relationship between Inspection and IRS
management; and the relationship between Inspection and the Treasury
Inspector General. "I know that IRS personnel, including those in
the Inspection Service, will fully cooperate with this review,"
Commissioner Rossotti said. "The team will have full access to
information and files necessary for this assignment." The team is
expected to begin its work by early March. Based on his review,
Bowsher will make whatever recommendations he deems appropriate to
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