Segal, Cohen & Landis Reviews IRS Appointment of ‘Risk’ Officer

Risk Officer Named
Risk Officer Named

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups for increased scrutiny, the newly appointed Acting Commissioner, Daniel Werfel, has quickly taken action in response to calls for increased scrutiny of the IRS itself.

Werfel has appointed David Fisher in the capacity of chief risk officer and adviser. Fisher has many years of experience in the fields of financial management and internal controls during his time in several administrative capacities at the Government Accountability Office, according to an email sent internally by Werfel. The GOA is the investigative arm of Congress. His responsibilities included overseeing all internal operations as they related to budget, financial management, human resources, and other such areas.

While at the Internal Revenue Service, Fisher will be responsible for mitigating risk and improving internal controls. The intent of such internal oversight is to restore integrity to the IRS.

According to Werfel, Fisher has been highly regarded as a man of integrity and accountability throughout his career. These qualities are essential to the man who will not only be responsible for internal oversight, but also for advising Werfel on any proposed policy changes.

The IRS has found itself in hot water in recent weeks, as it faces multiple congressional investigations—the result of a revelations regarding the targeting of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status during an 18-month period from 2010-2012.

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