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posted by n1 on Saturday June 14 2014, @11:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the inconvenient-data-is-impossible-to-retrieve dept.

Lois Lerner, former director of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, is a key figure in the IRS's controversy over the tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups. Now CBS News reports that the IRS has told congressional investigators that the IRS cannot locate many of Lois Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed that year. "Isn't it convenient for the Obama Administration that the IRS now says it has suddenly realized it lost Lois Lerner's emails requested by Congress and promised by Commissioner John Koskinen?" says House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa. "Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they're just now realizing the most critical time period is missing?

According to a veteran IT professional, the IRS' claim that the agency lost two years' worth of former IRS official Lois Lerner's emails is "simply not feasible." Norman Cillo, an Army veteran who worked in intelligence and a former program manager at Microsoft, says it is very difficult to lose emails for good because Microsoft Exchange used by the government for their email servers have built-in exchange mail database redundancy and all servers use some form of RAID technology and tape backup. Cillo says it's possible the IRS is telling the truth if the federal agency is "totally mismanaged and has the worst IT department ever." "I don't know of any email administrator that doesn't have at least three ways of getting that mail back. It's either on the disks or it's on a TAPE backup someplace or in an archive server. There are at least three ways the government can get those emails."

 
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  • (Score: 3) by davester666 on Sunday June 15 2014, @04:35AM

    by davester666 (155) on Sunday June 15 2014, @04:35AM (#55496)

    If you remember back to when GBjr first came into office, one of the first things they did was throw out the existing email system, installed Exchange servers, DISABLE any email backup on the server, then have a policy for each employee to manually export their email each week and copy the exported files to a server as their email retention policy.

    Completely legal, and guaranteed to lose emails.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 16 2014, @01:53AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 16 2014, @01:53AM (#55735)

    You forgot that they also used non-Government email (run by the Republican party) to conduct official business. And don't forget, interesting parts of that email system went missing as well. [wikipedia.org]