Nation’s top archivist: #IRS “did not follow the law” after hard drive crash

Posted by: ST on June 25, 2014 at 9:32 am


Via the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report a hard drive crash that destroyed emails belonging to a senior official at the center of a scandal over the agency’s treatment of conservative-leaning political groups, the nation’s top archivist said Tuesday.

“In accordance with the Federal Records Act, when an agency becomes aware of an incident of unauthorized destruction, they must report the incident to us,” said David S. Ferriero, the chief archivist at the National Archives.

Mr. Ferriero made his remarks at a congressional hearing examining the 2011 disappearance of emails sent and received by Lois Lerner, the former I.R.S. official who is accused of politically motivated mistreatment of Tea Party-aligned groups seeking tax exemptions.

Mr. Ferriero would not say that anyone at the I.R.S. committed a crime, only that the agency “did not follow the law.” He said he learned of the missing emails on June 13, when the agency made the disclosure in a filing to Congress.

Gee, ya think?

Politico has more:

The law requires agencies to save official records — defined in a National Archives guidance post as “documentary materials that agencies create and receive while conducting business that provide evidence of the agency’s organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and operations, or that contain information of value.”

At the IRS, employees who send such official correspondences via email are supposed to print them out and file hard copies.

Something else that didn’t happen with regular frequency, obviously…. :-w

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  1. Carlos says:

    Oh, I’m sure they have hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of pages of e-mails sent intra-agency and to outsiders..

    But strangely enough, just the ones from and to Lerner are missing. Probably the cleaning crews accidentally trashed them, and only those particular ones, in each case, on those particular days when they were received/sent and (according to legal requirements) printed.

    That’s the only reasonable explanation, because we all know nobody in this administration would stoop so low as to give even a hint of foul play. Not even, in the word of the prez himself, a “smidgeon.”

    Man, talk about ignorant and willfully stupid about something. They don’t even realize they have become a laughingstock here in this country now, instead of just a laughingstock everywhere else.