An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), wants to know why the IRS’s IT Asset Managers have apparently “disappeared at a key juncture.”

IAITAM administers internationally accepted certifications for information technology professionals, and according to their records “at least three IT Asset Managers…were working at the IRS prior to the 13 May 2013 Inspector General Report [that detailed the IRS abuse of conservative political groups].”

However, IAITAM claims in a press release Monday that those workers “were shuffled out from those positions around the time of the report.” The group’s president, Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, urged Congress and the investigators from the Department of Justice to “determine if these in-house IT Asset Managers were removed from the picture as the IRS email investigation heated up.”

Rembiesa also questions whether Lois Lerner used a BlackBerry device to send email, as many federal employees do, since use of a BlackBerry might have inadvertently preserved the supposedly lost data.

Until the IRS provides documentation that Lerner’s hard drive was wiped or destroyed, Rembiesa says the hard drives “should be considered lost, not destroyed.”

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