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June 16, 2014

IRS: Serious You Guys, We Lost Lerner's Emails

Fun thought experiment, imagine a tax payer trying to run this by the IRS.

Prior to the eruption of the IRS controversy last spring, the IRS had a policy of backing up the data on its email server (which runs Microsoft Outlook) every day. It kept a backup of the records for six months on digital tape, according to a letter sent from the IRS to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). After six months, the IRS would reuse those tapes for newer backups. So when Congressional committees began requesting emails from the agency, its records only went back to late 2012.

The IRS also had two other policies that complicated things. The first was a limit on how big its employees' email inboxes could be. At the IRS, employees could keep 500 megabytes of data on the email server. If the mailbox got too big, email would need to be deleted or moved to a local folder on the user's computer.

Not sure this explanation will change any minds but no one was believing their story before they released this explanation.

Me? One of the main arguments I think conservatives should to shrink government is how incompetent it is. While I'm leaning towards "criminally evil" on this, I'm open to the idea that they really are this stupid. As always, the truth is likely, "Some from Column A, Some from Column B".


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