John Koskinen. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) — After what he jokingly called a “checkered employment career of interesting challenges,” John Koskinen has begun his next one: heading the Internal Revenue Service.

In his first public comments since winning Senate confirmation Dec. 20, the agency’s commissioner said restoring public trust, employee morale and congressional funding at the IRS will take time. Koskinen, a former chairman of Freddie Mac, said he wants the IRS to be a fair, transparent tax administrator — and for the public’s perception to match that.

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