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SENATOR TIES REFORMS TO CONFIRMATION OF CLINTON'S NOMINEE TO HEAD IRS

Charles Rossotti, President Clinton's nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service, must embrace major changes at the agency if he expects to win Senate approval, the Senate Finance Committee chairman said Saturday.

"Let me be very clear: Mr. Rossotti's confirmation by the Finance Committee will happen only with a powerful and undiluted commitment to reform," Sen. William V. Roth Jr., R-Del., said in a radio address.

Rossotti is chairman of American Management Systems, a Fairfax, Va., technology company. The Treasury Department is touting Rossotti's technology and management experience as skills the IRS needs to turn itself around.

Rossotti's company, which specializes in technology systems development and consulting, has more than 7,000 employees and posted more than $812 million in revenue last year. Among its lines of business, American Management Systems helps telecommunications companies design computer and information systems.

If eventually cleared, Rossotti would succeed Margaret Milner Richardson, who resigned in May. Michael Dolan, a career IRS official, has been acting commissioner since Richardson's departure.

Rossotti's confirmation hearing comes less than a month after the Senate Finance Committee held dramatic hearings into allegations of IRS abuses of power, which led Dolan to issue an unusual public apology.

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