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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

John Dalrymple Named IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement

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IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel today announced former long-time IRS executive John M. Dalrymple has been named Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement. ...

Dalrymple will start his new role on Sept. 16. He previously served as IRS Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support from 2003 to 2006. ... Dalrymple has 31 years experience working at the IRS, including 13 years in the Senior Executive Service. Following his retirement from the IRS in 2006, he became a Director at Deloitte Consulting.

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I might be wrong, but I thought there were only 2 political appointees in the IRS (comm. and chief counsel) and so this was a civil service position. Do civil service rules allow bringing in outsiders for top positions? (Maybe this is routine; I just don't know.)

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Aug 27, 2013 5:14:37 AM

Most IRS staffing decisions are political but they involve office, not party politics. This case is a Senior Executive Service reinstatement. The rules for those can be found at

The policy is “once a civil servant, always a civil servant.”

My guess is that Dalrymple retired when he had 80 “points” – age plus years of service – for financial reasons, perhaps to put kids through law school. He can now afford to return at a time many federal employees are leaving. The Washington Post reports on the problem this morning:

“A wave of retirements by senior federal employees has begun rolling across the government as aging baby boomers who held on to their jobs during the economic downturn are increasingly calling it quits. With retirement accounts on the rebound, many veteran workers are finding little reason to remain in government, especially at a time when agency budgets are being slashed, workers are being furloughed and morale is tumbling.”

Posted by: Bob | Aug 27, 2013 8:27:38 AM

The idea of leaving Deloitte (let alone at the director level) to work for .gov is unimaginable. Go from one of the best private sector companies to one of the worst federal ones?? I would love to read an interview that explains such a career decision. Even in one's 60s, one still has pride!

Posted by: Wow | Aug 27, 2013 12:20:42 PM