[Rushtalk] IRS cancelled email backup contract just weeks after Lois Lerner's computer 'crashed'

Carl William Spitzer IV cwsiv at copper.net
Sun Jul 20 12:03:38 MDT 2014

Bombshell: IRS cancelled email backup contract just weeks after Lois
Lerner's computer 'crashed'

By Thomas Lifson

Nothing suspicious here, at least to Democrats and mainstream media
types. But it would be interesting to see the paperwork leading to this
contract termination, since the IRS is required by law to backup its
communications. (via Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller):

         The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) cancelled its longtime
        relationship with an email-storage contractorDescription:
        http://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png just weeks
        after ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crashed and shortly
        before other IRS officials’ computers allegedly crashed. (snip)
        Sonasoft’s six-year businessDescription:
        http://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png relationship
        with the IRS came to an abrupt end at the close of fiscal year
        2011, as congressional investigators began looking into the IRS
        conservative targeting scandal and IRS employees’ computers
        started crashing left and right.
        Sonasoft’s fiscal year 2011 contract with the IRS ended on
        August 31, 2011. Eight days later, the IRS officially closed out
        its relationship with Sonasoft in accordance with the federal
        government’s contract close-out guidelines, which require
        agencies to fully audit their contracts and to get back
        any moneyDescription:
        http://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png that wasn’t
        used by the contractor. Curiously, the IRS de-allocated 36 cents
        when it closed out its contract with Sonasoft on September 8,
        Lois Lerner’s computer allegedly crashed in June 2011, just ten
        days after House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Dave
        Camp first wrote a letter asking if the IRS was engaging in
        targeting of nonprofit groups. Two months later, Sonasoft’s
        contract ended and the IRS gave its email-archiving contractor
        the boot.
        IRS official and frequent White House visitor Nikole Flax
        allegedly suffered her own computer crash in December 2011,
        three months after the IRS ended its relationship with Sonasoft.

Was Sonasoft required to purge its records? If so, why? What did the IRS
do with the backup records?

Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

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