‘Risk’ officer appointed to help restore ‘integrity’ at IRS
May 28th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
10 years ago

‘Risk’ officer appointed to help restore ‘integrity’ at IRS

(CNN) - The temporary head of the IRS has quickly filled a senior post to help restore “the integrity” of tax agency operations, which have been buffeted by revelations it targeted conservative political groups for scrutiny.

Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel has appointed David Fisher, a former senior official with the Government Accountability Office, as chief risk officer and senior adviser.

Fisher is steeped in financial management and internal controls, and has experience leading complex government organizations while at the GAO where he was chief administrative/chief financial officer, Werfel said in an internal e-mail announcing the appointment.

He was responsible for all internal operations, including budget, financial management, human resources, technical, business process reengineering, procurement, facilities, security and field operations.

The GAO is a government-watchdog and the investigative arm of Congress.

At the IRS, Fisher will “assess the internal operations and procedures to mitigate risks and improve internal controls necessary for restoring the integrity of IRS operations,” Werfel said.

He will also advise Werfel on any policy changes.

Fisher has been recognized throughout his career “for his accountability and high professional integrity,” Werfel said.

“His ability to master competing priorities empowers him to effectively lead organizations and address the ever-changing objectives necessary to attain organizational goals,” he added.

The IRS faces multiple congressional investigations over disclosures that it targeted conservative political groups that sought tax-exempt status for scrutiny over an 18-month period from 2010-12.

Werfel, a senior White House budget official, was appointed by President Barack Obama earlier this month on an acting basis to replace Steven Miller, who was fired after the revelations came to light in a report this month by the Treasury Department inspector general for tax matters.

Miller told Congress that a huge increase in workload, rather than deliberate targeting, led to "foolish mistakes" at the IRS.

Werfel’s tenure runs through September 30, the end of the government’s budget year.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. HenryMiller

    Integrity? From the fed's extortion gang?

    May 28, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein

    These groups should have seen it coming. Why you ask? Because the group that is asking to be tax free because it serves the public good. The good of the public can be measured in many ways, but does it always mean being tax exempt? I don't think so.

    May 28, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Neutral Observer

    In light of the non-objective nature of their general practice, ie the way they stick it to the average joe and the way they let politically correct chosen ones skate free (ie Timothy Geitner), I think the IRS should have to take a mandatory 5 years off of any kind of audits or any but the most passive sorts of investigations. Everyone can stiff the IRS and not fear any retribution.

    May 28, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Paul

    Hopefully this guy and get this ship in order. From what is in the news it's time to clean house at the irs

    May 28, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Ed1

    First you have to have integrity before you can restore it.

    May 28, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    With the Dems in charge, we can expect the corruption to continue.

    May 28, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. just sayin

    yeah but what can he do about all the senior level people there that seem to have no clue about what is going on at the irs? they need to clean house at the upper levels and make sure their replacements know it is their job to know what is going on. any signs of lower level people engaging in improper activities, political or otherwise, should result in firing. zero tolerance should be the policy. if it is good enough for grade schoolers, surely it is good enough for the irs.

    May 28, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    What they need is someone with the guts to say: "It's our job to investigate those who claim tax benefits they don't deserve. You don't like it, get over it. (That includes you, Barry. Quit apologizing!)"

    May 29, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. Bill from GA

    And maybe it's time to start investigating some of these congressmen's taxes. I don't know what for; find something. That's how they work it.

    May 29, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. Larry L

    Now that right-wing, anti-tax, racist. purely political, anti-government PACs are going to get a free pass for a tax exemption we'll just make up the lost revenues by auditing the middle-class and small businesses.

    May 29, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  11. J.V.Hodgson

    Multiple congressional committees.... what a joke who is playing big government now?
    I want to see " multiple congressional committees working on why we cannot go to reconciliation on the Obama budget and similarly why the reconcilation procedures cannot be used on Immigration law = the house constantly passing legislative things the president has said he will Veto and separate budgets and Immigration laws.... what happened to debate and conciliation??
    Regretably the answer is simple Obama must be seen as failing in everything.
    Fortunately voters re not that stupid... roll on ( ala Elec chair) the 2014 elections. Republicans are bringing about a certain loss power. ( forgive the bad pun!!)

    May 29, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  12. Suemac in WA

    It sounds like positive moves are taking place to begin the process of cleaning this mess up.

    May 29, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  13. Rob

    Hello, the IRS hasn't had the "RESPECT" of the people in years. They have become nothing more than another gestapo organization for the wanna be King and Dictator, Obama and his gang of corrupt hoods and racists

    May 29, 2013 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Rethugs, get over it.
    The tea trolls have been found to use their tax exempt organizations to bring forth hate all paid for by the koch brothers. There are plenty of reasons not to give these traitors any money except from the crazies and birthers.

    May 29, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  15. Richard Long

    IRS? Integrity?! Now those are two words that can't be used in the same sentence...

    May 29, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  16. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    ‘Risk’ officer appointed to help restore ‘integrity’ at IRS

    ‘Integrity’ at the IRS ???
    PUBLIC UNION THUGS & "Integrity"
    LOL !!! LOL !!! !!! LOL !!! !!! !!!

    May 29, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |