Monday, June 16, 2014

Questions for the IRS (and the Obama Administration)

Sheryl Attkisson gives good advice on how the questioning should go:
The news came late in the day on Friday the 13th.
According to the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS reports having “lost” former IRS manager Lois Lerner’s emails to and from other IRS employees sent between January of 2009 and April of 2011 due to a ‘computer crash.’
In light of the disclosure, these are some of the logical requests that should be made of the IRS:
  • Please provide a timeline of the crash and documentation covering when it was first discovered and by whom; when, how and by whom it was learned that materials were lost; the official documentation reporting the crash and federal data loss; documentation reflecting all attempts to recover the materials; and the remediation records documenting the fix. This material should include the names of all officials and technicians involved, as well as all internal communications about the matter.
  • Please provide all documents and emails that refer to the crash from the time that it happened through the IRS’ disclosure to Congress Friday that it had occurred.
  • Please provide the documents that show the computer crash and lost data were appropriately reported to the required entities including any contractor servicing the IRS. If the incident was not reported, please explain why.
  • Please provide a list summarizing what other data was irretrievably lost in the computer crash. If the loss involved any personal data, was the loss disclosed to those impacted? If not, why?
  • Please provide documentation reflecting any security analyses done to assess the impact of the crash and lost materials. If such analyses were not performed, why not?
  • Please provide documentation showing the steps taken to recover the material, and the names of all technicians who attempted the recovery.
  • Please explain why redundancies required for federal systems were either not used or were not effective in restoring the lost materials, and provide documentation showing how this shortfall has been remediated.
  • Please provide any documents reflecting an investigation into how the crash resulted in the irretrievable loss of federal data and what factors were found to be responsible for the existence of this situation.
  • I would also ask for those who discovered and reported the crash to testify under oath, as well as any officials who reported the materials as having been irretrievably lost.
More from Twitchy
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One does not simply lose two years worth of emails…
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  1. All this any IT guy knows.

    And they thought they could fool everybody?

    1. Ed, the question is did they think they could fool anybody? I'm sure some people would buy the excuse when first hearing it, but damned near everyone knows SOMEBODY in IT work. And everyone doing IT knows that the proffered story is "utter crap", to steal Tony Miles most famous line.

      This lie is shockingly stupid.

  2. As somebody who did IT for 20 years whose wife has no clue how anything technical works, I can assure you that, just because they know somebody in IT, doesn't mean they listen when that someone discusses IT.

    And I agree it is incredibly stupid.


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