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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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6A THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 Army chief choice to head Veterans Affairs IRS to require review before seizing property he expected him to be a vocal member of his Cabinet "Having supported our men and women in uniform, Togo West will now turn to the equally important task of ber 1993. During his tenure, the military's largest service has been plagued with widespread charges of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. He is seen as confronting these problems with in-depth investigations. The president said he was appointing West acting VA secretary and would submit his formal nomination after Congress reconvenes in January. The VA post was left vacant after Jesse Brown resigned last summer and Her-shel Gober, Clinton's first pick to replace Brown, bowed out West will assume the post Jan. 2, and in the meantime remain Army secretary. Among those reported as possible replacements for West as Army secretary are Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., a member of the House National Security Committee; and Alphonso Mal-don, Jr., who was nominated to take Gober's spot as the VA deputy chief but withdrew when Gober failed to move up. Although no veterans' organizations are known to oppose West's nomination, the public response of some groups on Tuesday was less than enthusiastic. Joe Vandengoorbergh, national commander of the American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, said his group was "not opposed to Mr. West at all," but would take a "wait-and-see approach." West sotti. The move was Rossot-ti's first public initiative since he took over Nov. 13. In 1996, the IRS made about 10,000 property seizures. Aspects of the agency's collection practices were strongly challenged during Senate Finance Committee hearings in September. Witnesses accused the agency of pursuing illegal tax collection quotas, allegations that led the IRS to suspend a system that ranked collections on a numerical scale. The Associated Press WASHINGTON After criticism of its collection practices, the IRS announced Tuesday new interim rules requiring senior-level review before agents seize taxpayers' cars, homes or property for nonpayment of taxes. "This higher level of approval is a prudent step to ensure that collection enforcement tools such as seizures are only used in appropriate cases," said IRS Commissioner Charles Ros- The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Clinton said Tuesday he will nominate the Army's civilian chief, Togo West Jr., to head the Veterans Affairs Department, a choice expected to win relatively easy Senate confirmation. West found himself at the center of a controversy last month over unsubstantiated charges by conservatives that burial plots at Arlington National Cemetery went to Democratic donors. West's vehement denials seemed to satisfy veterans' organizations as well as critics on Capitol Hill. At a White House ceremony, Clinton praised West for his four years as Army secretary and said Telling lies: Punishment taking care of the veterans whose deeds ensured the survival of America's ideals," Clinton said as representatives of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, looked on. West, 55, has been the civilian chief of the Army since Novem- WEDNESDAY IS OUR PREVIEW DAY ALL STORES OPEN EARLY BOTH DAYS BAM DA 7V THJ UJJS Mf n or reward? The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether employees have a right to lie. The Associated Press WASHINGTON The government tried to fire Veterans Affairs Department social worker Jeanette Walsh when she had sex with a patient and then lied about it. But an appeals board reduced the penalty to a suspension, saying she should be punished for the sex but not the lie. Supreme Court justices questioned on Tuesday whether federal workers had a right to lie. 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