IRS News Release  
September 05, 1996

Sarah Whitbeck is New Director
of Government Program Management Office

WASHINGTON - Commissioner of Internal Revenue Margaret Milner Richardson today announced the appointment of Sarah Whitbeck as the first director of the new IRS Government Program Management Office.

Whitbeck will be responsible for the day-to-day technical management of the IRS's computer modernization program, including the management of outside contractors who provide services and products for the modernization program.

Commissioner Richardson said, "We are pleased to have someone with Sarah's experience on our team as we continue to modernize our technology to provide better service to taxpayers."

The IRS recently created the GPMO after observing large information technology program offices at NASA and the Air Force. The IRS also received input from the IRS's Federally Funded Research and Development Center and the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute.

Chief Information Officer Arthur Gross said, "This new office will enhance the IRS's ability to design and build effective systems and mitigate the risks inherent in developing new systems."

Whitbeck has been with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance since 1978, where she was responsible for implementing and managing several large technology-based programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the State University of New York in Binghamton.

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