James McGovern, who heads the Internal Revenue Service's not-for-profit healthcare enforcement efforts, is leaving his government post and going into private tax practice.
McGovern, 50, is joining the national tax practice of KPMG Peat Marwick in Washington. He'll be joining the firm in late February or early March, he said last week.
McGovern will leave the post of assistant commissioner of employee plans and exempt organizations on Jan. 26. He has served in various positions within the IRS for 24 years. The IRS hasn't named a replacement for McGovern.
In other healthcare legal news, the Federal Trade Commission has appointed Robert Leibenluft as its top healthcare antitrust enforcer. Leibenluft, 43, replaces Mark Horoschak, who left the agency last September (Aug. 21, 1995, p. 60).
Leibenluft has been a partner in the Washington office of Hogan & Hartson, where he has practiced health and antitrust law since 1981.
Leibenluft said last week that it's a "little too early" to comment on his enforcement priorities in his new job.