E-Discovery: Even IRS Computers Crash

IRS reliance on local storage to manage email is reasonable when there's no money for enterprise storage.

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IRS reliance on local storage to manage email is reasonable when there's no money for enterprise storage.

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  • Disbelief

    The NSA clearly has enough budget to store the IRS emails alongside every citizen‘s it intercepted.

    What an amazing coincidence that the people most likely to have evidence on their hard drives all experience disk failures. I must be incredibly lucky, because in 30 years of practice I‘ve never had a single hard drive crash.

    Not only did the disk crash, but the government‘s forensics experts could not retrieve any data from the drives. So they both crashed AND wiped themselves!

    And even more miraculously, the emails existed only within the IRS. No external recipients have copies.

    If this happened in the private sector with an investigation pending, people would be paying fines, receiving sanctions, etc.

  • Dave Schneider

    This is nonsense, intended to divert attention from the facts that: the IRS has a very large IT budget, data storage is cheap and growing cheaper, programs can now replace young lawyers in responding to data requests, records were not maintained after a legal duty to do so arose, the IRS failed to disclose the "loss" on a timely basis, and the odds of six critical hard drives failing at once are prohibitively high.

  • Foxnet Services

    Email archiving is at it‘s lowest levels in 10 years, with unlimited multi-year storage well under the $100 per seat, per mailbox annually and even less for larger enterprises . There is no excuse for the mishandling of email.

  • Mike

    Gosh, it would have been so much cheaper if only.... It is easy to be a "Monday morning Quarterback" but that being said..... We ( The US citizen) managed to turn a relatively minor IT problem and cost issue a few years back in to a 16m problem today. Data storage and retrieval is getting easier and cheaper by the day. It really can, and should be better if we want it to be.

  • Laura

    "Limited resources"-- yet they pay bonuses to staff who allegedly did not pay their taxes (see link). No excuse not to preserve especially when they received notice-- 10 days after the notice computers apparently crashed.

    IRS workers who didn‘t pay taxes got bonuses

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