Bush nominates OMB deputy to lead IRS

Bush nominates OMB deputy to lead IRS

President Bush has nominated Mark W. Everson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, to fill the vacant IRS commissioner slot.

If the Senate confirms Everson, he will succeed Charles O. Rossotti who left the IRS in November after a five-year stint.

Everson joined OMB in August 2001 and has led the charge to fulfill the President's Management Agenda and simplify the federal bureaucracy. Previously, he was the controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management within OMB, and he has worked with the transition team for the new Homeland Security Department.

He's now been tapped to carry out Bush's agenda at the IRS, including the multiyear, multibillion-dollar systems modernization effort.

"Mark Everson is the right candidate with the perfect combination of public and private experience and a vision to lead the IRS,' said acting treasury secretary Kenneth W. Dam in a statement. "The time taken to find such a candidate has been time well spent."

In his OMB post, Everson enforces management policies for all agencies in the areas of finance, personnel, procurement and IT. His office oversees the federal government's IT agendas and coordinates all systems spending within the government, Dam noted.

To replace Everson, the president has nominated Clay Johnson III, assistant to the president for presidential personnel and deputy to the chief of staff. Johnson came to Washington with Bush from Texas. When Bush was governor of the state, Johnson was appointments director and then executive assistant to the governor.

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