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US Archivist: IRS Broke Federal Laws With Lerner Emails

From the New York Times:

Archivist Faults I.R.S. for Not Reporting Loss of Emails

By DAVID S. JOACHIM | JUNE 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report a hard drive crash that destroyed emails belonging to a senior official at the center of a scandal over the agency’s treatment of conservative-leaning political groups, the nation’s top archivist said Tuesday.

“In accordance with the Federal Records Act, when an agency becomes aware of an incident of unauthorized destruction, they must report the incident to us,” said David S. Ferriero, the chief archivist at the National Archives…

Notice how The Times tries to spin what the chief archivist for the National Archives said. They claim he said the IRS broke the law by not reporting the loss of the emails. But in fact Mr. Ferriero also said (as they note buried down in their piece) that “Federal agencies are responsible for preventing the unauthorized disposition of federal records, including their unlawful or accidental destruction, deletion, alteration or removal from federal custody.”

So the IRS broke the law by not protecting these emails better, and by not retrieving them.

Mr. Ferriero would not say that anyone at the I.R.S. committed a crime, only that the agency “did not follow the law.” …

We are pretty sure it is a crime to not follow the law. But The Times wants to make it sounds like Mr. Ferriero was letting them off the hook.

Mr. Ferriero appeared voluntarily before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday to address whether the I.R.S. followed proper record-keeping procedures. His conclusion was that the agency had not in the instance of the crashed hard drive.

“Federal agencies are responsible for preventing the unauthorized disposition of federal records, including their unlawful or accidental destruction, deletion, alteration or removal from federal custody,” he said…

So, again, this is a lot more than just not reporting the loss of the emails.

Still, this is more of a report than what we got from the Associated Press. Their article was a whopping four sentences long.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “US Archivist: IRS Broke Federal Laws With Lerner Emails”

  1. That thump-thump you hear next is the National Archivist accidentally falling under a bus




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