The IRS Scandal – An IT Guy’s Take

In case you aren’t up on the news, Lois Learner, the ex-IRS official at the center of the investigation of the IRS’ targeting of non-profit groups, had a computer crash.

Coming from an IT guy myself:

Folks, this happens.  That’s why there are backups.  Not only that, but federal law mandates that federal records be permanently stored.  If the IRS was upstanding in this case, they would produce the backups, hard copies, and all other paperwork or electronic information regarding the case.  If they didn’t backup, then they have the most pathetic IT staff in the nation and they should all get fired.  A “lost” or “failed” hard drive that got recycled is not a good enough excuse.

I agree with the following statements:

“The IRS in charge of hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ information. And you’re now saying your technology system was so poor that years’ worth of emails are forever unrecoverable?”

How far would the excuse ‘I lost it’ get with the IRS for an average American trying to file their yearly taxes who may have lost a few receipts.”

–from Chairman David Camp, R-Mich.


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