12:18 PM, Jul 21, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
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.”
3:15 PM, Jun 26, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
Were Lois Lerner’s allegedly lost emails actually destroyed? An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), isn’t so sure, and they don’t find IRS commissioner Koskinen’s explanation of their loss very plausible.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:59 PM, Jun 24, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the latest news on the IRS scandal.
7:02 AM, Jun 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The IRS comissioner insists his agency did not break the law or relevant statutes. But under questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the IRS commissioner also admitted that he doesn't know the law or the relevant statutes:
"You have already said, multiple times today, that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing," Gowdy said. "I want you to tell me: What criminal statutes you have evaluated?"
"I have not looked at any," the IRS commissioner admitted.
9:28 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio excoriated the Internal Revenue Service commissioner Monday night in a House hearing looking into the agency's malfeasance regarding conservative non-profit groups. Jordan focused his questioning to when IRS comissioner John Koskinen knew about the loss of critical emails from former official Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified that he discovered a computer hard drive crash lost the Lerner emails in April but did not report this publicly until presenting Congress with a report earlier this month.
Watch the exchange below:
8:28 PM, Jun 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The IRS reportedly used a private company to back up emails, a new report claims. The company is called Sonasoft, which boasts, "Email Archiving Done Right."
10:57 AM, Jun 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan took IRS commissioner John Koskinen to task over the agency's claim that hundreds of emails sent by IRS officials were lost. The emails were requested in an investigation into the IRS's improper treatment of conservative tax-exempt groups in the run-up to the 2012 election.
IRS Donates/Recycles Over 100K Computers in 2009-2012.9:10 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The results of a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) audit released Tuesday found that "[w]hile the IRS is complying with GSA requirements to recycle or donate used information technology (IT) equipment, TIGTA
10:53 AM, May 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The House of Representatives voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt on Wednesday, with every Republican and six Democrats supporting the resolution. The measure passed 231 to 187, without a single Republican voting against it. The six Democrats who voted with the GOP are Ron Barber of Arizona, John Barrow of Georgia, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Patrick Murphy of Florida, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.
All six hail from swing districts and are in tough bids for reelection for 2014.
8:02 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview last night on Megyn Kelly, House speaker John Boehner talked tough about investigating the IRS:
Fox News' Megyn Kelly said, "So, Lois Lerner facing contempt charges this week in addition to a push to have the DOJ start a criminal case against her for what?"
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the IRS Scandal, Lois Lerner, and why the press won't get serious about it.