Many Lois Lerner emails from 2009 to 2011 are “lost” according to the IRS. They say Lerner’s hard drive was “recycled” and the emails are unrecoverable.
Maybe the House GOP should check with these guys — check out this from October of 2009:
If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to backup their servers why wouldn't you choose them to protect your severs? http://www.sonasoft.com
— Sonasoft.com (@Sonasoft) October 9, 2009
More from Reason:
The IRS had a contract with email backup service vendor Sonasoft starting in 2005, according to FedSpending.org, which lists the contract as being for “automatic data processing services.” Sonasoft’s motto is “email archiving done right,” and the company lists the IRS as a customer.
The extent and exact details of the service that Sonasoft provided to the IRS aren’t clear. But the company advertises its email archiving solution as “ideal for small and medium businesses, government agencies, school districts, nonprofit organizations using Microsoft’s Exchange Server.” And a document posted on its website describing its services says that its system “archives all email content and so reduces the risk of non-compliance with legal, regulatory and other obligations to preserve critical business content.”
In late 2011, Sonasoft’s website still listed the IRS as a customer, meaning the company was (presumably) backing up the IRS’ data the entire time the IRS and Dems insist the Lerner emails are “lost” forever.
The Republicans might want to give Sonasoft a call. Or a subpoena.
The IRS is required by law to archive emails, and if nobody can produce them heads should roll — but accountability isn’t exactly among the major concerns of this administration.