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From: Eileen O'Connor/CNN
In: Washington
Posted 10-3-97

Subject: Clinton Considering IRS Overview Panel

President Bill Clinton is looking at a proposal to create an independent citizen's review panel to look at complaints from taxpayers concerning the Internal Revenue Service.

Administration officials have been working on the proposal for quite a while and it was not an outgrowth of a recent Congressional proposal to create a private, part-time oversight board, White House spokesman Mike McCurry said.

McCurry admits a "fire was lit" under the White House's own review process after the recent IRS hearings on Capitol Hill and the findings of the congressional commission chaired by Rep Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.).

That congressional proposal for a private board had been rejected by the White House as leading to possible conflicts of interest. White House spokesman Joe Lockhart says the difference in the two lies in the power of the boards. The congressional board would have some direct power over policy in the IRS. The White House board would have more of an advisory role to government officials.

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