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Sonasoft Software Licenses and Software Maintenance Support (Details of IRS Email Services)
FedBizOpps.Gov ^ | September 12, 2008

Posted on 06/21/2014 8:58:01 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

Sonasoft Software Licenses and Software Maintenance Support

Solicitation Number: Y8Y184TSA62-000
Agency: Department of the Treasury
Office: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Location: National Office Procurement (OS:A:P)

Solicitation Number:

Y8Y184TSA62-000

Notice Type:

Sources Sought

Synopsis:

Added: Sep 12, 2008 1:01 pm
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to award a sole source purchase order to Sonasoft Corporation, for the purchase of the software licenses related to Exchange Disaster Recovery capabilities. These items and services have been determined to meet the definition of commercial items in accordance with Part 2.101 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.



The IRS has a need for the following items:



CLIN 0001 – Sonasafe Application, Item Number SC, Quantity 4



CLIN 0002 – Exchange Standby License, Item Number SC-B, Quantity 4



CLIN 0003 – Exchange Agent, Item Number SE, Quantity 8



CLIN 0004 – Exchange Standby Agent, Item Number SE-S, Quantity 8



CLIN 0005 – 1 Year Sonasoft Software Maintenance, Item Number SM, Quantity 1.



The IRS requires the purchase of the above mentioned Sonasoft software since it will expand the IRS-Office of Chief Counsel’s (OCC) Exchange Disaster Recovery capabilities beyond the incumbent servers. The software initiates the real time replication of mail box changes and commences the backup of mailboxes via existing IRS servers. In addition, the software package includes the ability to rapidly switch to a disaster recovery site from a remote location. The software platform allows the OCC to recover customer e-mail in the event of a catastrophic Exchange server failure. Sonasoft Corporation has customized their commercial off the shelf software to operate within the OCC. Sonasoft is the sole proprietor of the software and software maintenance.



Vendors who can provide the required services at prices, terms and conditions equal to or better than those which can be provided by Sonasoft Corporation, should submit clear and convincing data in writing substantiating an ability to furnish the entire requirement. Telephonic or email inquiries will not be accepted. Responses to this notice must be received by this office by 05:00 pm EDT on September 17, 2008. Responses should be sent to: Internal Revenue Service, Office of Procurement, 6009 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, Attn: Eddie Ortiz, OS:A:P:I:F:B. Responses will be accepted by facsimile at (202)283-4427. These responses may not exceed 10 pages. A formal solicitation may be issued if a response is received that meets IRS's requirements, and the analysis of both technical and pricing documentation indicate a competitive acquisition would be more advantageous to the Government. Currently, no solicitation document exists for this requirement. Requests for same will be considered non-responsive. The reference number for this announcement is Y8Y184TSA62-000. If no compelling responses are received, the award will be made to Sonasoft Corporation.

Contracting Office Address:

6009 Oxon Hill Road, Suite 500

Oxon Hill,

Maryland

20745

Place of Performance:

Internal Revenue Service
1111 Constitution Ave.

Washington,

District of Columbia

20224


United States

Primary Point of Contact.:

Edward S. Ortiz
Edward.S.Ortiz@irs.gov
Phone: 202-283-7489



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: irs; irsemailachives; irsemailarchives; irsteapartyscandal; lerneremails; sonasoft
The IRS requires the purchase of the above mentioned Sonasoft software since it will expand the IRS-Office of Chief Counsel’s (OCC) Exchange Disaster Recovery capabilities beyond the incumbent servers. The software initiates the real time replication of mail box changes and commences the backup of mailboxes via existing IRS servers. In addition, the software package includes the ability to rapidly switch to a disaster recovery site from a remote location. The software platform allows the OCC to recover customer e-mail in the event of a catastrophic Exchange server failure. Sonasoft Corporation has customized their commercial off the shelf software to operate within the OCC. Sonasoft is the sole proprietor of the software and software maintenance.
1 posted on 06/21/2014 8:58:01 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Lois Lerner's Hard Drive "Crashed" Ten Days After House Ways & Means Chairman David Camp Made His First Inquiry About Targeting Conservatives
2 posted on 06/21/2014 9:01:08 PM PDT by QT3.14 (NSA: The only government entity that really is intrested in what you say.)
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To: QT3.14

Lois was too stupid to realize that her “lost” emails were archived by SonaSoft. She will need a case of Depends when she finds out SonaSoft has those “lost” emails.


3 posted on 06/21/2014 9:04:58 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: PJ-Comix

This was only a one year contract from 2008 to 2009 per the above agreement.


4 posted on 06/21/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT by robert14 (cng)
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To: robert14

Didn’t SonaSoft claim in 2010 that they were servicing the IRS?


5 posted on 06/21/2014 9:08:18 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: PJ-Comix

Since it was a sole source contract maybe they continued the effort on a year to year basis; just my guess; that would be the easiest way for the IRS to maintain the service without disrupting their work flow.


6 posted on 06/21/2014 9:14:06 PM PDT by robert14 (cng)
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To: PJ-Comix

What happens when the Justice Dept. or the President himself calls SonaSoft and tells them to lose the emails.

I’m starting to believe the rumor that GOPe was in on this too since they can’t be this stupid. They should have already locked down SonaSoft and retrieved backups yet the web is spreading the word and giving them time to kill these files as well.


7 posted on 06/21/2014 9:18:42 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: robert14

Question to Commissioner Koskinen: Do you still use the services of SonaSoft company? If not, when did those services terminate and WHO do you now use for those services?


8 posted on 06/21/2014 9:20:34 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: Kenny

If they kill the files there then it is pretty much not arguable that crimes occurred. Even for a liberal. though they would. But it won’t fly.


9 posted on 06/21/2014 9:22:31 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Kenny

If SonaSoft claims that they have “lost” the IRS emails then that would spell doom for a company whose main product is the ARCHIVING of those emails. I don’t see how they can say they lost the emails and still stay in business. OTOH, if they can provide the Lois Lerner emails, that would demonstrate how great their services are and bring in lots of business.


10 posted on 06/21/2014 9:24:11 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: PJ-Comix

There are a BUCH of IRS officials in violation of the Federal Records Retention Act. That is their excuse.

I’d subpoena the Sonasoft president and start asking him about his government contract.


11 posted on 06/21/2014 9:46:29 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: PJ-Comix
The IRS requires the purchase of the above mentioned Sonasoft software since it will expand the IRS-Office of Chief Counsel’s (OCC) Exchange Disaster Recovery capabilities beyond the incumbent servers
12 posted on 06/21/2014 10:05:04 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: rolling_stone

note the commissioner said they had different/ better access to emails of OCC


13 posted on 06/21/2014 10:07:00 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: PJ-Comix

BTTT


14 posted on 06/21/2014 10:07:59 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: QT3.14

The IRS chief admitted obstruction when he said “No emails have gone missing SINCE the investigation started.” Oh, but thousands went missing that were sent BEFORE the investigation started.


15 posted on 06/21/2014 10:16:36 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: Kenny

I can’t believe the gopE was very upset over the feds shutting down the tea party groups.


16 posted on 06/21/2014 10:17:39 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Bookmark


17 posted on 06/21/2014 11:27:19 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: PJ-Comix
Lois was too stupid to realize that her “lost” emails were archived by SonaSoft.

This is specialized knowledge. Perhaps a few IT guys were aware of this contract and this software; however it runs on the servers, not on client desktops. A paper pusher would not know what happens to the email, and where it is stored. Many think that if they delete an email it gets deleted. That's not always so. MS Exchange is a complex system, and one can insert transport agents into many places of that system. Most people do not know what servers they connect to, and what are the backup procedures on those, and where offline backups are stored, and for how long. Managers of high rank are sometimes sufficiently arrogant to not ask the IT people about such details. After all, in order to ask a correct question you must know most of the answer already. People who are trained on simplistic "Press DEL and the email is gone" cannot even imagine that the email is not really gone.

Crash of a client's PC has no effect on the data. MS Exchange stores emails in MS SQL Server databases; many such databases can exist, and they can be all synchronized (replicated) for many reasons. For example, you cannot have 100,000 employees, who reside all over the planet, connect to one server. So there are multiple edge transport servers, hub transport servers, client access servers and mailbox servers. Just look here.

18 posted on 06/22/2014 12:48:01 AM PDT by Greysard
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To: PJ-Comix

Believe me, SonaSoft NO LONGER HAS THE EMAILS!!!! The FBI has probably swept in there to gather the files to protect the FACIST DICTATOR!!!


19 posted on 06/22/2014 1:49:56 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Kenny

Congress does NOT have the POWER to do any of that.


20 posted on 06/22/2014 1:51:07 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: VerySadAmerican
That's a lie also!!!! Lerner's hard drive was ERASED 10 days AFTER she was PLED the FIFTH!!!

INNOCENT PEOPLE DON"T APPLY THE FIFTH!!!!!!

21 posted on 06/22/2014 1:53:08 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

Innocent don’t NEED to apply the fifth. :-)


22 posted on 06/22/2014 4:10:01 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: PJ-Comix
Posting this here, Gateway Pundit has a blog post with links.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/06/breaking-irs-contracted-with-sonasoft-for-email-archiving-back-in-2005/

23 posted on 06/22/2014 4:28:31 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Ann Archy
INNOCENT PEOPLE DON"T APPLY THE FIFTH!!!!!!

BTTT

24 posted on 06/22/2014 4:29:22 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: PJ-Comix

Sonasoft enters into the picture only if you believe this email loss was an accident or a failure of the software. I don’t think it was either but I doubt the boobs in Congress will do anything about it other than act angry.


25 posted on 06/22/2014 4:33:10 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Greysard

If they were running exchange, those emails were backed up, and are on media or a drive array somewhere. They could probably be fully restored within minutes.

I’ve worked with places that have crazy mailbox size quotas, which requires the users to not keep emails very long, or save them to .pst files, but even THEN, those emails would still be backed up from Exchange most likely before deletion/user archival. The user’s .pst files are indeed often kept on the user’s computers, but are usually saved within a redirected/networked folder which resides on a file server, that’s ALSO backed up. Even IF the .pst file IS on the user’s local drive and it “crashed”, most of the time data can be recovered from a failed drive.

For those emails to not be recoverable, they would need to have one of the most pathetically sloppy IT departments in the history of the government, terrible business practices, and some of the worst luck I’ve ever heard of. It simply didn’t happen the way we’re being told.


26 posted on 06/22/2014 4:41:57 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: PJ-Comix

tick...tick...tick


27 posted on 06/22/2014 4:46:09 AM PDT by McGruff (What if we bombed our own citizens?)
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To: robert14

Doesn’t matter, the government is required by law to archive it’s correspondence. If not this company, then theirs another. Even if the agreement doesn’t cover the years in question, it does show archiving does occur.

Her emails been pulled and destroyed on purpose.


28 posted on 06/22/2014 5:10:52 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: PJ-Comix

That seems to say it was for the the IRS Office of Chief Counsel:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Office-of-Chief-Counsel-At-a-Glance

Not the entire IRS.


29 posted on 06/22/2014 5:18:37 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: KoRn

“...For those emails to not be recoverable,they would need to have one of the most pathetically sloppy IT departments in the history of the government,terrible business practices,and some of the worst luck I’ve ever heard of. It simply didn’t happen the way we’re being told.”

As part of our pressure on congress, etc, we should ask,

“a) If the head of the IRS loses records and gets away with it, and

b) if the IRS can’t keep from losing records ,

then why should we trust OUR records to them; why are they still in business?


30 posted on 06/22/2014 5:23:25 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Bingo! Ding...ding...ding...We have a winner!!


31 posted on 06/22/2014 6:05:05 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: savedbygrace

Fox News was just now talking about SonaSoft. Even if the email archives are limited to office of Counsel, then those might be revelatory.


32 posted on 06/22/2014 6:12:40 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: PJ-Comix

Shocking that this didn’t disappear, too. The IRS could claim that the internet crashed, or something.


33 posted on 06/22/2014 6:23:56 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Please excuse the potholes in this tagline. Social programs have to take priority in our funding.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Also, this is software, not hardware. I see a number of FR posters assuming Sonasoft has a hardware solution and the IRS archives are located on Sonasoft hardware someplace.

Sheesh.


34 posted on 06/22/2014 6:36:38 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Ann Archy
Congress does NOT have the POWER to do any of that.

Congress does NOT have ANY POWER.

There, fixed.

35 posted on 06/22/2014 2:21:00 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: savedbygrace
Also, this is software, not hardware. I see a number of FR posters assuming Sonasoft has a hardware solution and the IRS archives are located on Sonasoft hardware someplace.

This site might indicate that the 2006 contract, which has a higher dollar amount, was for the initial setup, which would include the hardware. It does mention "equipment." The following years' dollar amounts are lower. Could this be for cloud archiving of the data that was being backed up on site?

36 posted on 06/23/2014 4:17:51 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: robert14
This was only a one year contract from 2008 to 2009 per the above agreement.

This site shows ongoing business was done between the govt and Sonasoft past 2009.

37 posted on 06/23/2014 4:30:56 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

No, they don’t do that. The contract was for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, so it didn’t even apply to the department Lois Lerner worked in.

The equipment would have been a drive array from Rorke, and it would have been installed at the IRS, not at Sonasoft, which does not provide servers at any Sonasoft facility.

A lot of people have been jumping to incorrect conclusions about this entire thing.


38 posted on 06/23/2014 2:05:01 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: savedbygrace

I see your point. But, wouldn’t the Chief Counsel have responsibility in seeing to the integrity of the data?


39 posted on 06/23/2014 2:31:09 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

The only emails and other documents that would have been archived using the Sanasoft software under those contracts would have been those to and from the counsel’s office. That would include very few, if any, to and from Lois Lerner.

Kinda makes it irrelevant, I would think.


40 posted on 06/23/2014 3:06:54 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: savedbygrace

That is your surmise. Right? I see how one might assert that, but it’s AN opinion, unless there are facts to buttress it.


41 posted on 06/23/2014 3:12:30 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Of the three sentences I posted in #40, which are you applying your #41 to?


42 posted on 06/23/2014 3:21:23 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: savedbygrace

If I have to pick one, I’ll apply it to the first sentence.

I am not saying you are wrong or even that I disagree. I am saying that there is no evidence one way or another as to exactly what was entailed in the contract with SonaSoft.


43 posted on 06/23/2014 3:26:34 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

I am surprised by that. You seem to be suggesting that they would have been archiving documents from people who did not work in the counsel’s office and whose documents were not sent to the counsel’s office.

To me, that defies logic.


44 posted on 06/23/2014 3:36:15 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: savedbygrace

Can you show that every single official of certain rank in IRS buys his own email archiving?


45 posted on 06/23/2014 3:40:29 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Oh I see. You’re actually arguing with me. But you’re using a silly question to do so.

Not biting.


46 posted on 06/23/2014 3:51:58 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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