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IRS names replacement for Lerner

Lois Lerner, director of the IRS's exempt organizations office, listens during a congressional hearing on May 22. (Pete Marovich/Bloomberg) Lois Lerner, former director of the IRS’s exempt organizations office, listens during a congressional hearing on May 22. (Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)

The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced that it had replaced Lois Lerner, a top official who oversaw the agency’s “determinations” division during the scandal that involved targeting of conservative groups.

Ken Corbin, who was deputy director of a larger unit of the IRS, will be taking Lerner’s place, according to internal communications.

Lerner has been placed on administrative leave, according to various media reports, including a blog from the Washington Post.

IRS acting commissioner Danny Werfel, who replaced ousted predecessor Steven Miller, released the following statement to agency staff:

Ken Corbin has been selected to be the acting Director, Exempt Organizations, Tax Exempt/Government Entities Division.

Ken is a proven leader during challenging times. He has strong management experience inside the IRS handling a wide range of processing issues and compliance topics as well as taxpayer service areas. Combined with his track record of leading large work groups, these skills make him an ideal choice to help lead the Exempt Organizations area through this difficult period.

In this new role, Ken will lead an organization of 900 Exempt Organization employees responsible for a range of compliance activities, including examining the operational and financial activities of exempt organizations, processing applications for tax exemption, providing direction through private letter rulings and technical guidance and providing customer education and outreach to the exempt community.

Ken is currently the Deputy Director, Submission Processing, Wage and Investment (W&I) Division, where he leads over 17,000 employees sharing the day-to-day responsibility of processing 172 million individual and business tax returns through both electronic and paper means.  He provides oversight to an organization comprised of a headquarters staff responsible for developing program policies and procedures, five W&I processing centers and seven commercially-operated lockbox banks. Prior to this recent position, Ken held the position of Field Director, Austin Submission Processing Center, where he led a staff of approximately 4,000 seasonal and permanent employees in Austin, Texas, responsible for processing 5 million electronic returns and more than 10 million individual paper returns.

Ken began his career in government service at the Atlanta Service Center in the Submission Processing Document Retention Branch in 1986.  During his career, Ken has acquired an extensive background in campus operations from 10 years in Submission Processing, three in Accounts Management, six in Compliance Services and three in Taxpayer Advocate Services.

Please join me in welcoming Ken to his new role and supporting him during this important assignment.

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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