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IRS Oversight Board

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2015 Members

Effective January 1, 2015, there are six open seats for IRS Oversight Board members.

Robert M. Tobias

Director Business Development, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Robert M. TobiasRobert M. Tobias is a professor, Director Business Development, Key Executive Leadership Programs, 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 from The George Washington University, where he received his law degree. He chairs the Oversight Board’s Operations Committee.​​

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The Oversight Board is a nine-member 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 cogent, focused direction.

Seven 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. Of the seven, one must be a full-time federal employee or a representative of IRS employees. The Secretary of Treasury and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue are also members of the Board.