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Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Press Release

December 22, 2011
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Contact: David Barnes
(202) 622-3062

TIGTA Names Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel

WASHINGTON -- J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, today announced the appointment of two legal executives to TIGTA.

Michael T. McCarthy was named as TIGTA’s Chief Counsel and Gladys M. Hernandez was named Deputy Chief Counsel.

TIGTA’s Office of Chief Counsel provides legal guidance, advice and disclosure services to support TIGTA’s mission of overseeing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and protecting the integrity of tax administration. The Office is comprised of attorneys, analysts and support personnel providing a full range of legal and disclosure services.

McCarthy is TIGTA’s third Chief Counsel since the agency was created by Congress in 1998. McCarthy joins TIGTA from the Administrative Conference of the United States, where he was Executive Director. He previously held several positions on Capitol Hill and other government agencies.

“Mike brings a broad spectrum of knowledge to the position of Chief Counsel,” Inspector General George said. “His experience as a senior staff member for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and his noteworthy legal credentials will add value to TIGTA’s legal team.”

Hernandez joined TIGTA as an attorney in 2000 and has held managerial positions in the Office of Chief Counsel.

“With her institutional knowledge of TIGTA, Gladys is a natural choice to join the Senior Executive Service as Deputy Chief Counsel,” George said. “I am proud to have Gladys as part of TIGTA’s executive team.”

Inspector General George also thanked senior attorney Margaret “Micki” Martin, who served as Acting Chief Counsel prior to McCarthy’s selection. “I am extremely grateful to Micki for her dedicated service in this role,” George said.

Michael T. McCarthy

Prior to joining TIGTA, McCarthy was Executive Director of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent Federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research, providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for improvement of Federal agency procedures.

McCarthy also worked on Capitol Hill as General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he managed legislative and oversight activities to make Federal programs more efficient and to reduce waste and fraud. He previously was Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the panel’s Subcommittee on Government Management, where he drafted and negotiated the passage of legislation to reform Federal contracting and the inspector general system. He was also counsel to the Committee on investigations of the Hurricane Katrina response and Iraq reconstruction contracting.

McCarthy has served in all three branches of the Federal Government, with previous Executive branch service at the Justice Department, Labor Department, and National Archives. He was law clerk to U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema (E.D. Va.), where he worked on national security cases, including U.S. v. Zacarias Moussaoui.

McCarthy graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he was a Big East All-Academic swimmer. He and his family live in Washington, D.C.

Gladys M. Hernandez

Prior to joining TIGTA in 2000, Hernandez was an attorney with the Federal Service Impasses Panel, where she handled collective bargaining disputes between Federal labor unions and Federal agencies. Hernandez also worked as an attorney for the Overseas Education Association, NEA (now the Federal Education Association), where she represented teachers working in Department of Defense schools both in the United States and overseas.

Hernandez graduated from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in history from Georgetown University. She and her family live in Northern Virginia.


Note: The difference between the date TIGTA issues an audit report to the Internal Revenue Service and the date TIGTA publicly releases the report is due to TIGTA's internal review process to ensure that public release is in compliance with Federal confidentiality laws.

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