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Bloomberg BNA Quotes Mark Matthews on the White House Keeping Confidentiality When Vetting

October 17, 2016, Bloomberg BNA

 Mark E. Matthews spoke with Bloomberg BNA about a new concern that taxpayer's information may be at risk of being shared when DOJ Tax Division staffers help vet potential nominees or appointees. For the full article, please visit Bloomberg BNA's website (subscription required).

Excerpt taken from the article.

Still, the information that can be released as part of the vetting process is “a relatively small request for somebody who is about to take a position of that sort of importance,” said Mark E. Matthews, a member at Caplin & Drysdale. Matthews was deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ Tax Division from 1994 to 1998.

“From a confidentiality point of view, I would think that someone who wants to have a significant enough position to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate should willingly give up that limited tax privacy so they can be assured they're tax compliant,” he said Oct 13.


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