Wenzel will serve as acting IRS commissioner

Wenzel will serve as acting IRS commissioner

Bob Wenzel, the highest-ranking career official in the IRS, will serve as acting commissioner after Charles O. Rossotti retires Nov. 6.

Wenzel is responsible for daily operations and strategic management of the tax system. He has been working as deputy commissioner since September 1998.

'We're fortunate to have such an experienced person on board,' Treasury secretary Paul O'Neill said in the announcement. 'Bob will provide continuity of leadership for this transition.'

Earlier this year, the IRS Oversight Board sent the White House two names of potential nominees to replace Rossotti. The nominee must be confirmed by the Senate.

Wenzel joined the IRS in 1963 as a revenue officer in Chicago. After serving in the military from 1964 to 1966, he resumed his IRS career in Chicago and Detroit, where he held management positions in collection and taxpayer service.

He also served as assistant director of the Austin, Texas, service center; director of centers in Martinsburg, W.Va., Ogden, Utah, and Fresno, Calif.; assistant commissioner for collection; chief of strategic planning and communications; and chief operations officer. Wenzel holds a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College in Illinois.

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