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PMA Honors Longtime Inspector General for Tax Administration the Honorable J. Russell George After Passing

January 4, 2024

PMA is saddened by the news of Inspector General George’s passing.

Washington, D.C.– Kelly Reyes, Executive Director of the Professional Managers Association (PMA)–formed in 1981 by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Managers as a national membership association representing the interests of professional managers, management officials and non-bargaining unit employees in the federal government and within the IRS–issued the following statement in response to the announced passing of the Honorable J. Russell George, Long-Serving Inspector General for Tax Administration:

“PMA is saddened by the news of Inspector General George’s passing. For nearly 20 years, George led the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) office with professionalism and dedication. His commitment to effective tax administration was evident through his many years of public service, and our tax system is more fair and more transparent as a result,” Kelly Reyes said.

“TIGTA plays a critical role in maintaining taxpayer trust and confidence in our tax system. As the IRS undergoes significant modernization and reform, TIGTA will be a crucial partner in ensuring IRS policy conforms with the law and prioritizes taxpayer rights and security. Inspector General George’s tenure will be remembered as a model of this partnership, with oversight efforts resulting in the recovery, protection, and identification of monetary benefits totaling more than $325 billion and impacting over 440 million taxpayer accounts. Our thoughts are with George’s family, colleagues, and friends during this time,” Reyes continued.

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