Steven L. Miller
Steven L. Miller
Steven L. Miller is a businessman who has been a prominent leader in the American oil industry, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and C.E.O. of Shell Oil Company from 1999 to his retirement in 2002. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he was born in 1945, and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1967. He currently resides in Houston, Texas, where he promotes volunteer work through his company, SLM Discovery Ventures.
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Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban
Huffington Post - 21 days
On January 27, 2017, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to institute a ban on Muslims entering the US. Trump’s executive order (”EO”) is titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The EO bars nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from the US for at least 90 days. They include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan. The EO also indefinitely prevents Syrian refugees, even those granted visas, from entering the US. And it suspends the resettlement of all refugees for 120 days. None of the 9/11 hijackers came from the seven countries covered by the EO; 15 of the 19 men hailed from Saudi Arabia, which is not on the list. No one from the seven listed countries has mounted a fatal terrorist attack in the United States. Countries exempted from the EO include Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates — countries where Trump apparently has business ties. Trump’s EO violates the E ...
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Man travelling with 4th suspect in Steven Miller killing turns himself in - CBC.ca
Google News - 7 months
CBC.ca Man travelling with 4th suspect in Steven Miller killing turns himself in CBC.ca A Newfoundland and Labrador man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant in connection with the abduction and homicide of Steven Miller on July 30 took a ferry to Nova Scotia, say police. Meanwhile, the man he was believed to be travelling with has turned ... Newfoundland murder suspect took ferry to North Sydney: policeCTV News Murder suspect's travelling companion turns himself inThe Telegram all 11 news articles »
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Diabetes devices may interfere with avalanche beacon signals
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - - Hikers and winter sports aficionados who venture deep into snow country and get caught in an avalanche may find emergency beacons are less effective if the searcher is also using a diabetes monitor or insulin pump, according to a small study. "The potential for interference between a diabetes device and an avalanche beacon (in search mode) is increased if both devices are held in close proximity and reduced if they are separated," said lead author Dr. Steven Miller, a researcher at North Shore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. So-called avalanche beacons both transmit and receive signals that can be used to locate and rescue a person buried under the snow by an avalanche. Previous research has shown that the transceiver searching for a signal from another beacon can be rendered less effective by interference from cell phones, MP3 players and other electronic devices, Miller and colleagues note in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.
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Dream Pop for Necrophiliacs: An Interview With Seattle's Night Cadet
Huffington Post - over 3 years
(Photo by Steven Miller) On my never-ending quest to give exposure to bands you may not already have on your radar, this week I caught up with Seattle's Night Cadet, a brash, bratty foursome whose music is neither brash nor bratty but is probably best described as the band puts it themselves: "queer orchestral dream pop." Night Cadet is made up of songwriter/keyboardist Seth Garrison and violist/composer Barret Anspach (both members of NYC chamber pop group The Fancy), drummer Spencer Bray and Garrett Vance, a former member of Seattle bands Perfume Genius and Secret Shoppers. If you're into cute, half-naked, indie gay boys pumping out haunting, emotional soundscapes, behold Night Cadet. Watch Night Cadet's new video, "Seaside," then read our chat just below: Logan Lynn: Can you tell me a little bit about what's going on in your new video, "Seaside"? Seth Garrison:  It's a pretty simple story. Man meets dead boy on beach. Man falls in love with dead boy. Man takes dead boy ...
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Issa To IRS: 'You Are Slow-Rolling Us'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON — A GOP lawmaker accused the Internal Revenue Service of obstructing congressional investigations into the agency's targeting of tea party groups, a charge the head of the IRS denied. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the IRS has been slow in producing documents that are so thoroughly blacked out they are useless to investigators. Issa said he plans to bypass IRS lawyers and will subpoena documents directly from the Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS. "You are slow-rolling us," Issa told acting IRS head Danny Werfel in a heated exchange during a committee hearing Friday. "There are important facts to get out, and you are obstructing." "That is not true," Werfel fired back. Werfel said that by the end of the day Friday, the IRS will have given more than 16,000 pages of documents to Issa's committee and more than 70,000 pages to Congress as a whole. Werfel said documents are blacked out to prote ...
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IRS delayed action on progressive groups, too
Fox News - over 3 years
Leaders of progressive groups say they, too, faced long delays in getting the Internal Revenue Service to approve their applications tax-exempt status but were not subjected to the same level of scrutiny that tea party groups complained about. Several progressive groups said it took more than a year for the IRS to approve their status while others are still waiting as IRS agents press for details about their activities. The delays have made it difficult for the groups to raise money — just as it has for tea party groups that were singled out for extra scrutiny. But even with the delays, leaders of several progressive groups said they didn't feel like they were being targeted. "This is kind of what you expect. You expect it to take a year or more to get your status because that's just what the IRS goes through to do it," said Maryann Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, a small non-profit that advocates for progressi ...
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Poof! The IRS Scandal Evaporates
Mother Jones - over 3 years
Republicans on Capitol Hill have sought to turn the IRS mess into a full-fledged political scandal, charging that President Obama or his White House or at least liberal IRS staffers deliberately tried to punish tea partiers and other conservative outfits. But Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) & Co. have come up empty-handed. A Treasury Department inspector general found no evidence of political influence or bias. The head of the IRS division in question in Cincinnati identified himself to investigators as a "conservative Republican" and said politics played no role in their vetting decisions. And now it turns out, as the Associated Press reported, the IRS also singled out for extra scrutiny groups applying for nonprofit status with "progressive, "occupy," and "Israel" in their name. That is, liberal outfits were targeted, too. Oops. Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee have obtained a list of group names IRS staffers used when applying extra scrutiny to applications for ...
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Were IRS Commissioner Steven Miller and Supervisor Lois Lerner trying to pull a fast one on the American people with their phony staged question or was this all just a good faith PR strategy?
Fox News - over 3 years
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Threats made to figures at center of IRS controversy: sources
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Patrick Temple-West and Karl Plume WASHINGTON/CINCINNATI (Reuters) - A current and a former top tax official have been physically threatened in recent weeks as the scandal over Internal Revenue Service targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups has gathered steam, people familiar with their situation say. Ousted IRS acting commissioner, Steven Miller, has received such threats, according to a source familiar with his situation. The source declined to elaborate on the nature or the source of the threats. ...
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Embattled Agency's Glory Days Explored
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- For a time, the Internal Revenue Service inspired awe and admiration in Americans, not just trepidation and lame jokes about death and taxes. Everyone loved the revenue agents when they put away Al Capone, the Chicago underworld's master of brutality and bribes, in a coup so spectacular it scared other gangsters straight. In the year after, federal coffers swelled as delinquent taxpayers stepped forward to make good on their debts. Criminals came out of the woodwork to pay taxes on their ill-gotten gains. Authorities in what was then the Intelligence Unit of the Bureau of Internal Revenue nailed the slippery Public Enemy No. 1 when no one else could, scooped up New York City racketeers by the dozen and stood tall in the popular imagination as incorruptible, fearless stewards of the treasury and the law. Fine, but that was the 1930s. What have they done for us lately? Or to us? The essential mission hasn't changed. The IRS still collects the ...
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Terry Newell: Character and the IRS
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"He has the presence of a great man. He would tell the truth even if it hurt his cause. Congress always respected him." - House Speaker Sam Rayburn speaking about George C. Marshall "I answered the questions that were asked of me." - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney "I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any I.R.S. rules and regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other Congressional Committee." - Lois Lerner, Director, IRS Exempt Organizations Unit, just before taking the Fifth Amendment While the factual record on the current IRS scandal is not complete, it is clear that the agency used search names such as "Tea Party" to create a "Be on the Lookout" list for organizations claiming Section 501 (c) (4) tax exempt status, thus substituting political leanings for evidence of actual, prohibited tax exempt practice. It is also clear that, for nearly a month, a series of IRS and now White House officials have sought to ...
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IRS' last two commissioners deny lying; official to take the 5th
LATimes - almost 4 years
The Senate Finance Committee grills the IRS' Douglas Shulman and Steven Miller. Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations, will invoke the 5th Amendment. WASHINGTON — As the Internal Revenue Service's last two directors struggled to provide answers Tuesday about the agency's improper scrutiny of conservative groups, a lawyer for another key IRS official said she would invoke the 5th Amendment rather than answer questions about the screening and why she didn't tell Congress about it.     
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Factbox: Key players in the IRS scandal
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three congressional committees and the Department of Justice are investigating the Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status as the scandal distracts from President Barack Obama's second-term agenda. Below are some of the major players in the backlash over the IRS paying extra attention to advocacy groups whose names included terms such as "patriot" or "Tea Party" when considering applications for tax-exempt status. * Steven Miller - The acting head of the Internal Revenue Service while the scandal unfolded. ...
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Outgoing IRS chief admits scandal-exposing question was planted
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The outgoing head of the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged on Friday that the tax agency planned its initial disclosure about having targeted conservative groups through a planted question at a lawyers' conference. Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller told lawmakers during a Capitol Hill hearing that the question-and-answer session that exposed the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny had been carefully planned. ...
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IRS to target U.S. accounts at CIBC’s Caribbean arm
Financial Post - almost 4 years
The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that a federal court had authorized the Internal Revenue Service to seek information on U.S. taxpayers who may have accounts at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce FirstCaribbean International Bank (FCIB). In a move resembling a recent IRS inquiry into Americans with Swiss bank accounts, the Justice Department said a court order would let the IRS serve a ‘John Doe’ summons seeking records of FCIB’s U.S. correspondent account at Wells Fargo & Co . A correspondent account is a bank deposit account maintained by one bank for another bank. The order would allow the IRS to identify U.S. taxpayers with “interests in financial accounts at FCIB and other financial institutions that used FCIB’s Wells Fargo correspondent account,” the Justice Department said in a statement. Related Billionaires flee tax havens as transparency becomes the new norm More wealthy Canadians come clean with assets after tax-haven lists emerge “Our work here ...
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THOUSANDS Of American Tax Cheats Come Forward
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has recouped more than $5.5 billion under a series of programs that offered reduced penalties and no jail time to people who voluntarily disclosed assets they were hiding overseas, government investigators said Friday. In all, more than 39,000 tax cheats have come clean under the programs. But there's more. Government investigators suspect that thousands of other taxpayers have quietly started reporting foreign accounts without paying any penalties or interest. The number of people reporting foreign accounts to the IRS nearly doubled from 2007 to 2010, to 516,000 accounts, a report by the Government Accountability Office said. The sharp increase suggests that some people are simply starting to report their accounts without taking part in the disclosure programs, the report said. "IRS has detected some taxpayers with previously undisclosed offshore accounts attempting to circumvent paying the taxes, interest and pe ...
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Congress Rebukes IRS For Wasting Taxpayer Money
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
WASHINGTON -- Nobody's going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show "Star Trek" filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland. Instead, the IRS got a rebuke from Congress for wasting taxpayer dollars. The agency says the video, along with a training video that parodied the TV show "Gilligan's Island," cost about $60,000. The "Star Trek" video accounted for most of the money, the agency said. The IRS said Friday it was a mistake for employees to make the six-minute video. It was shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference but does not appear to have any training value. The video features an elaborate set depicting the control room, or bridge, of the spaceship featured in the hit TV show. IRS workers portray the characters, including one who plays Mr. Spock, complete with fake hair and pointed ears. The production value is high even though the acting is what one might expect from a bunch of tax collec ...
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Steven Miller's art objects speak volumes
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Steven Miller's art objects speak volumes Objects of Affection NWBLK's Steven Miller, with partner and pets, fills their home with pieces - old and new - that say a lot about him Interior designer Steven Miller's home is filled with gorgeous objects, pleasing mid-century-inspired furniture, and several whimsical collections of dolls and outsider art, such as reworked Pez dispensers. Dash and Vera are introduced; they're the beloved pets of Miller, 47, and his partner of nearly 22 years, Scott Owens, the executive assistant to the chief executive at the San Francisco Foundation. Miller, who works mainly in residential design and also hospitality - as with the Joie de Vivre hotel group - has a design aesthetic that he refers to more than once as involving "conversation." Without counterpoint, there is no conversation between the contemporary and the classic," he explains, noting that a strict mid-century modern interior often falls "flat. [...] branching into r ...
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IRS Paid Whistleblowers Record Amount Last Year
Huffington Post - about 4 years
By Nanette Byrnes Feb 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service paid a record $125.4 million in 2012 to whistleblowers who provided evidence of tax cheating, most of it to a former employee of Swiss bank UBS AG, according to an IRS report made public on Wednesday. The IRS whistleblower program has been criticized for moving too slowly and being given inadequate resources, causing whistleblowers to grow reluctant to file claims. The program was overhauled by Congress in 2006 amid such criticism. The IRS also reported a jump in collections of previously unpaid taxes and penalties resulting from the program, up to $592.5 million last year from $48 million in 2011. More than 80 percent of the total paid out by the IRS in 2012 went to Bradley Birkenfeld, a former employee of UBS AG who received $104 million. He helped wealthy Americans hide millions of dollars in secret Swiss accounts and later told the IRS about it. Excluding the award to Birkenfeld, the IRS p ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steven L. Miller
    FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 58
    In 2003 and 2004, he chaired CEO Diversity Initiative for Diversity Best Practices in Washington, D.C., and is a former member of the Business Roundtable and National Petroleum Council.
    More Details Hide Details He has also served on the Texas Governor's Business Council and as a Director for the American Petroleum Institute. In the academic world too, Mr. Miller has made his share of contributions. He has been a Director, Chairman of the Board, and Trustee of the University of Illinois Foundation, coordinating alumni fundraising efforts for his alma mater, and is a Senior Member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has also been very involved at Rice University, serving on the Board of Trustees, as well as the Board of Advisors for their James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.
    Mr. Miller's other philanthropic efforts include serving as a Trustee and Chairman of the Board for the United Way of Texas Gulf Coast from 2003 to 2005, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Points of Light Foundation, one of America's leading volunteer organizations.
    More Details Hide Details He has also been on the Board of Directors of the America's Promise Alliance, which aims to reduce dropout rates, since 2002, served as Chairman of the Center for Houston's Future, and a Director of the National Urban League. Additionally, Mr. Miller has remained active in the business community, serving on the boards of Applied Materials, a semiconductor wafer fabrication company in Santa Clara, California (1999-2005), and Reliant Energy in Houston (2003–present); and as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership (2002), Momentum Bio Ventures, Inc. (2003-2004).
  • 2002
    Age 57
    He held this position until his retirement on September 30, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details In his time at Shell, Mr. Miller was noted for his dedication to community service, and after retirement, was able to give more of his time to charitable causes. He has done this primarily through SLM Discovery Ventures, Inc., which supports community outreach, higher education, and volunteer efforts through commercial projects.
  • 1999
    Age 54
    Because of his success with grassroots leadership, Mr. Miller became the President, C.E.O., and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He succeeded the previous President and C.E.O., Jack Little, and Chairman Mark Moody-Stuart.
    Steven L. Miller is a businessman who has been a prominent leader in the American oil industry, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and C.E.O. of Shell Oil Company from 1999 to his retirement in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he was born in 1945, and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1967. He currently resides in Houston, Texas, where he promotes volunteer work through his company, SLM Discovery Ventures.
  • 1996
    Age 51
    Mr. Miller became one of the five Managing Directors of Shell in 1996, where he started the Grassroots Leadership Program.
    More Details Hide Details This was an effort designed to improve the company's operations through acquiring feedback from employees at all levels and departments, and helping those employees develop and implement new business strategies to address the problems they saw. His work in employing grassroots leadership was instrumental in turning around several of Shell's troubled and failing operations worldwide, most notably in Malaysia, Austria, and France - where brought profits into the double-digits.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 43
    By 1988, he had become the VP of Marketing and Refining, and in 1992, he was promoted to the Royal Dutch/Shell Group Management Team, in London, where he oversaw global supply and marketing operations.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 28
    He moved on to a stint at Shell's head office in New York, and then in the Netherlands at the Hague, in 1973.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Age 0
    Steven Miller was born in 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, but spent most of his childhood in Bismarck, North Dakota.
    More Details Hide Details It was there, living next to 5 baseball fields and a golf course, that he developed his lifelong passion for both sports. Miller's family moved to the Chicago, Illinois area during high school, and from there he went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He chose to major in Chemical Engineering, within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, later stating that he preferred the wider range of education provided by a liberal arts education. He has also credited part of his later success in management to this decision. During his time at the University of Illinois, Miller joined Triangle Fraternity, a Fraternity aimed specifically at those in the fields of engineering, architecture, and science. He has remained quite active in the organization on the national and alumni levels, donating both experience and money. His most visible accomplishment is the Steven L. Miller President's Leadership Academy, an annual leadership training program for chapter presidents.
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