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Biographies of Private-Life Members

The Board, by statute, consists of nine members, including the Secretary of the Treasury and the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue. Following are profiles of the private-life members, who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of their professional experience and expertise:

Paul Cherecwich, Jr., Chairman
Retired Corporate Tax Counsel

Paul Cherecwich, Jr. is presently retired, having had a successful career as a tax attorney employed both in the business world and practitioner world. Employed by three Fortune 500 corporations, he retired in 2000 from Cordant Technologies, Inc. as Vice President of Tax and Tax Counsel. He subsequently joined the law firm of Miller & Chevalier, Chartered as “Of Counsel”, from where he retired at the end of 2004. During his career he participated in several professional groups. As a result of his contributions, he was asked to serve leadership roles on several trade association tax committees. In addition, he was selected by his peers to be the 1997-1998 International President of The Tax Executives Institute (TEI), the preeminent association of corporate tax executives in North America. Mr. Cherecwich has served on the boards of several charitable organizations. He has also served on several government advisory groups, including the Massachusetts Governor’s Management Task Force, the United States Trade Representative’s Industry Advisory Committee on Customs, and the IRS Advisory Council, where he was selected to be the 2002 Chair. Mr. Cherecwich earned a B.E.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.B.A. from Northeastern University, a J.D. (cum laude) from Suffolk University Law School, and an LL.M. (taxation) from Boston University School of Law.


Robert M. Tobias
Director of Public Sector Executive Education,
American University

Robert M. Tobias is a professor, Director of Public Sector Executive Education, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation at American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Tobias left the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) in 1999 after 31 years. He served as General Counsel from 1970 to 1983, and as National President from 1983 to 1999. At NTEU, and as a member of the President’s National Partnership Council, Mr. Tobias focused on establishing cooperative/collaborative labor-management relationships in the federal government. In 1996, President Clinton appointed him to the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS. Mr. Tobias also was a member of the IRS Executive Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and The George Washington University, where he received his law degree. He chairs the Oversight Board’s Operations Committee.


Last Updated: November 19, 2013


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