In 1997, the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recommended the creation of an IRS Oversight Board that would focus on strategic issues facing the agency. The following year, the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 established the Board as an independent body charged with providing the IRS with long-term guidance and direction.
The Oversight Board is an independent body charged to oversee the IRS in its administration, management, conduct, direction, and supervision of the execution and application of the internal revenue laws and to provide experience, independence, and stability to the IRS so that it may move forward in a focused direction.
Board members are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate for five-year terms. These members have professional experience or expertise in key business and tax administration areas. The Secretary of the Treasury and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue are also members of the Board.
The Board is prohibited under law to be involved in specific individual examinations, collection activities, or criminal investigations. The Board also cannot be involved in specific IRS procurement activities or most personnel matters.
The IRS Oversight Board can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.