IT Experts Challenge DOJ/Congress on Missing IRS E-mails

By:  William F. Jasper
IT Experts Challenge DOJ/Congress on Missing IRS E-mails

Why did the IT asset managers of the IRS disappear as the investigation into IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups heated up?

An international organization representing information technology (IT) managers says there is a relatively easy way to get to the bottom of the Internal Revenue Service’s mounting scandal over thousands of "missing" (and possibly incriminating) e-mails. The congressional investigation into the unlawful targeting by the IRS of conservative organizations has led to a string of cover-ups and stonewalling, one after the other. The federal Department of Justice insists that it is carrying out an “exhaustive” investigation, including a probe into the “lost” e-mails of former administrator Lois Lerner, who headed the division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. Lerner, who claims she did nothing improper or illegal, has refused to answer questions, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in May to hold her in contempt of Congress.

David Ferriero, chief archivist at the National Archives, in testimony on June 24 before the House Oversight Committee, stated that the IRS broke federal law in not reporting Lois Lerner's hard drive failure and the loss of e-mails demanded by Congress.

Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, the president and founder of the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), says there is a straightforward and relatively simple way to cut through the roadblocks — a way that is clear to IT professionals who deal with issues of this sort on a daily basis. In a statement issued on July 21, Dr. Rembiesa’s organization called on the DOJ and congressional investigators to focus on six questions. Those questions, and the IAITAM's followup comments are:

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