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Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Press Release

September 21, 2012
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Contact: David Barnes
(202) 622-3062

TIGTA Appoints Two Executives to Senior Leadership Positions

WASHINGTON – J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), today announced two senior staff appointments.

Longtime TIGTA employee Margaret (Peggy) Begg was named Associate Inspector General for Mission Support/Chief Financial Officer and TIGTA Chief Information Officer (CIO) George Jakabcin was elevated to a function head status.

Begg will oversee a staff of more than 40 employees responsible for budget, finance, human capital and other support services. As CIO, Jakabcin oversees a staff of more than 45 employees responsible for developing, providing and supporting information technology products and services for TIGTA.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce these important appointments,” the Inspector General said. “Peggy Begg and George Jakabcin are experienced executives with a proven record of enhancing the performance of their respective offices,” he added.

"Peggy has devoted her entire career to TIGTA and its predecessor organization, the Internal Revenue Service Inspection Service,” the Inspector General said. “I am pleased that Peggy has agreed to take on this new assignment.”

“During his nearly two years at TIGTA, George Jakabcin has demonstrated time and again the vital importance of TIGTA’s information technology assets to the agency’s daily operations,” Inspector General George said.

About Margaret (Peggy) Begg

Peggy has a 38-year record of achievement in Federal service. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Strayer University, she began her career as a GS-1 Clerk-Typist with the IRS Inspection Service, TIGTA’s predecessor agency. She has advanced through a number of progressively responsible positions within the Office of Audit. In addition to her auditing positions, Begg has excelled in a variety of roles, including Senior Advisor to the Chief Inspector, Special Programs Advisor on Equal Employment Opportunity and Quality Improvement Activities, and Inspection Service Business Review Coordinator.

Prior to enactment of the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, which established TIGTA, Begg held the position of Director, Office of Audit Projects. Following TIGTA’s creation, Begg assumed the position of Director, Office of Management and Policy for TIGTA’s Office of Audit.

In May 2000, Peggy received the Department of the Treasury Award in recognition of her contributions during the transition from the Inspection Service to TIGTA. She was instrumental in establishing and implementing new audit processes that benefited every aspect of the Office of Audit program.

In 2003, Begg was selected as TIGTA’s Assistant Inspector General for Audit (Security and Information Technology Programs). For eight months in Fiscal Year 2008 and for all of Fiscal Year 2009, Begg served in a dual executive role as the Assistant Inspector General for Audit (AIGA) (Compliance and Enforcement Operations) and the Acting AIGA (SITS). In June 2012, Begg was appointed Acting Associate Inspector General for Mission Support/Chief Financial Officer.

In 2011, Begg received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, one of the highest honors conferred on a small number of Senior Executives who demonstrate strength, leadership, integrity, diligence and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.

About George Jakabcin

George Jakabcin joined TIGTA in October 2010 as CIO. He has more than 37 years of experience in information technology, information systems security, telecommunications and systems integration.

Prior to joining TIGTA, Jakabcin served as the IRS’s Assistant Deputy Associate CIO – Systems Integration. Jakabcin led organizational development/change management efforts to deliver integrated project support across all engineering and architecture disciplines.

George joined the IRS in 2002 as Director, Modernization Security, where he established the Security Engineering function and was responsible for a comprehensive Service-wide Information Technology and System Security program. His team received awards for the implementation of numerous technological innovations. He was a 2008 finalist for the Government Information Security Leadership Award.

Prior to joining the IRS, Jakabcin held leadership positions with numerous private sector entities.

In addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree from LaSalle University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Lehigh University, Jakabcin is a Certified Information Security Professional and also holds the Systems Security Engineering – Capability Model Appraiser certification.


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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