Skip to comments.IRS chief scorched as 'liar' (emails not backed up on a server)
Posted on 06/24/2014 12:53:39 AM PDT by chessplayer
In a stunning admission under questioning from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Koskinen divulged that the IRS made no effort to recover Lerners email archive from the six month backups after her initial computer problems in June of 2011.
Koskinen had informed the committee that emails were not backed-up on a server, but on a tape that recorded emails for only six months.
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He’s lying. If those emails are not on a server then they were intentionally deleted.
All those billions we taxpayers unwillingly paid so the wonderful IRS would have top notch computer technology and now this forked tongue Dept Chief tells us they used tape backup and for only 6 months?
I expect to see the emails shortly. Everyone knows that they are available, if you go looking. And the fact that the Obama administration wants them “lost” tells me that they will be explosive.
Congress needs to go full bore jihadi and subpeona the living daylights out of every related IRS connection. But pink tie weepy Boner and squishy Darrell Eyesore don’t inspire much confidence but we should contact our congresscritters and make a stink about it in their ears for actions with teeth.
So his testimony is worthless - he's obviously obstructing justice for personal gain.
Can't remember who told him the e-Mails were missing. Can't remember when he was told - "it was in April!"
I am so sick of this BS.
If somebody organizes a mass demonstration at IRS headquarters, count me in.
The Obamedia will start running stories about people’s hard drives crashing and how it is very common.
I’m a computer dummy. I didn’t know emails would work unless they were on a server.
“All those billions we taxpayers unwillingly paid so the wonderful IRS would have top notch computer technology and now this forked tongue Dept Chief tells us they used tape backup and for only 6 months?”
They’re already calling for new money so this won’t happen again.
And worse, Koskinen (like just about all these Administration “people”*) is arrogant and smug to the hilt. It is so obvious... but like most such types, they don’t even realize how apparent and damning that is in itself, to any conscious observer.
*Ok, I’m being generous. You’d find less slime in a big batch of catfish. Except that catfish (at least out of decent water and well prepared) make a tasty, nutritious meal. This bunch are far lower creatures. Slugs would be more like it - those big ones that leave tracks of even nastier goo (than fish have) behind, wherever they go...
I must admit, at that point, if I’d been doing the questioning, I might be able to resist the urge to call Pinnochio a liar, but I’m not sure I could then resist “What kind of incompetent nits are you people?”
Typically, in a Microsoft Exchange environment, all of the emails are stored on the server. Backups of the server capture all emails that are stored on the server at that time. However, it is possible to create a PST file on your local hard drive that you can use to perform local archiving of emails to get them off of the server. In his testimony last night, the commissioner said that this is why the emails were on Lerner’s hard drive rather than on the server. He also said that they only had 6 months of backups, which is why they cannot reconstruct her emails from 2 years ago in full.
I do understand that exclamation, although I find it to be extremely unlikely that her computer hard drive happened to crash just after investigation began, and it may be criminal that the servers were not backed up for longer than 6 months, if that is true.
There is also a federal records management law requiring emails to be retained for 5 years. If they were over-writing in 6 months the IT director is violating federal law. Subpoena him.
Democrats are Law-Less because Republican “leaders” are BALL-LESS!!
No INNOCENT person PLEADS THE FIFTH!!!
Even if the was too difficult to search the back-up tapes (and what use are they if you don’t) and even if the IT experts claimed they could not recover the e-mails on Lerner’s hard drive, why were they not secured in order to preserve the evidence? Why were they not handed over to the House committee so that they could attempt the recovery? Would any prosecutor accept the excuses given by the IRS from someone under a criminal investigation? Would the IRS accept these excuses for someone under investigation for tax fraud?
Here is the link to the public document that codifies how the IRS email system is to be stored:
Anybody want to try to tell me that people as high up as Lois Lerner was not having her emails archived weekly, if not daily?
Read Paragraph 7 very carefully, especially Sections C and D:
C. Work-related non-record messages must be deleted when no longer needed. These include information/reference email and word processing files received “for your information” or as a carbon (CC) or blind copy (BC), but which you were not expected to and did not take action on. Further examples may include copies of directives and interim guidance, notices, images, CAD drawings, and copies of reports.
D. E-mail messages identified as federal records must be handled in accordance with their NARA-approved disposition schedule and kept in an approved recordkeeping system as discussed above. To identify the appropriate disposition, consult the Records Control Schedules Documents 12829 and 12990 or your ARM. A full listing of ARMs is located on the RIM website. IRS employees are instructed to retain all electronic copies and paper records until disposition instructions have been approved and distributed by the IRS RIM Program Office. Unlawfully destroying federal records is a violation of the Federal Records Act and carries stiff penalties.
In other words, direct correspondence MUST have been backed up. Not mighta, woulda, shoulda - it was mandatory.
I’ve had hard drives crash before, but my email was never lost. They said it was Lois Lerners drive that crashed right? Or did they change the story to a server hard drive?
I’ve thought the same thing. Bring the IT guys in and question them under oath.
” If they were over-writing in 6 months the IT director is violating federal law.”
Their excuse was that it would cost $10-20 Million to backup more and retain the records longer. Funny, but you can buy backup tapes for a little over $20 each. Each stores 3TB compressed. That is a helluva ALOT of emails. What was the compelling need to recycle them?