IRS’ mission: to destroy hard drives

IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 hard drives

Loss of Lois Lerner emails amid tea party targeting probe unresolved

Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives.

The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight.
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The loss of Ms. Lerner’s hard drive also raised broader questions about why the tax agency never reported the missing records to the National Archives and Records Administration, as required by the Federal Records Act.

While those questions remained unresolved, IRS officials signaled plans to destroy tens of thousands of additional electronic records.

“After all media are destroyed, they must not be capable of any reuse or information retrieval,” IRS officials stated in the contract papers.

The agency estimates the need to destroy at least 65,464 magnetic tapes, 3,225 hard drives, 5,856 floppy disks and 708 reels, according to procurement records.

About 500,000 pieces of electronic data — including cassette tapes, reels, CDs, hard drives and USB media — have been collected since 2008, according to the IRS solicitation.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/21/irs-seeks-help-destroying-another-3200-computer-ha/#ixzz38OLR82CG

Funny what has become a priority to the IRS. All of a sudden like this is their big problem. From a couple rogue employees to needing to destroy 3 thousand hard drives. I guess it’s time for house cleaning. Remember, these are professionals, do not try this at home.

14 comments on “IRS’ mission: to destroy hard drives

  1. peppermintfarm says:

    Oh, this is rich. So what is the reason for destroying all those electronic tapes? Wasn’t this supposed to be illegal? Great title to this one Bull besides the article.

    I hope the IRS keeps up this kind of crap because it only makes Americans angrier and wanting the full truth about just WTH was going on in side the halls of the IRS Terrorist Agency.

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    • bullright says:

      Pepp,
      They just keep getting worse at explanations –as if there are any for what they’re doing.

      This one alone is enough for Obama to be run out on a rail. I’m pretty sure Bubba couldn’t have gotten away with this stuff. Nixon only talked about it. Still no one has been even prosecuted under the Hatch Act. IRS might as well be his campaign headquarters.

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      • peppermintfarm says:

        Bull,
        To me the IRS had indicted itself by all the stories they’ve told going round and round like rats in a maze they can’t get out of.

        LOL! Yeah, I think the IRS is Obama’s campaign HQ. They sure stopped his “so called tea party enemies” before he got elected.

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        • bullright says:

          Pepp,
          I can’t figure it out except maybe they don’t care what they say because what does it matter. I think, didn’t they all lie now to Congress? Or is it just a gigantic smokescreen?

          Yep, they achieved their directives, and still no one has paid a price. Mission accomplished….ha ha ..except the tapes didn’t self destruct how they were supposed to. LOL We need a dozen Trey Gowdys .

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          • peppermintfarm says:

            Bull,

            I think you hit it! They know nothing will ever be done to them. They know that no matter how many times they’ve lied there will never be a special prosecutor who could charge them with crimes. So, what does it matter to keep lying and twisting it all? They’ve got Holder in their bull pen to keep them out of the pokey.

            As an IT person who took care of servers, tapes do NOT self destruct. They may be able to fool those who know nothing about these things may believe this but no IT person will. Also in my years of taking care of servers and computers never did I see one hard drive fail, much less a bunch of them at one time.

            Right, we sure do need a whole bunch of Trey Gowdys and I’d like to see a special prosecutor like Gowdy. I just love how he keeps hammering at these people until he almost has them in tears.

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            • peppermintfarm says:

              Oh, yeah another thing, I have no idea how a hard drive gets “scratched”. They aren’t old LPs with needles on them. Geez, what a bunch of bloody crap they throw out. Scratched! OMG! It’s fantastical what they come up with.

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            • bullright says:

              Pepp, I really didn’t think of that. It sounds as odd as everything else they’ve told us. And they are going to enforce ObastidCare. And Lerner was headed into that, so maybe it was some divine fate at least. This should all be sounding alarm bells, as you say people are just getting angrier.

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  2. Not that I have anything to hide, but does this mean the IRS won’t have enough data about me to audit me for anything since Obama took office because they won’t have any data on anyone anymore?

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    • bullright says:

      Thanks for the comment. Wow …. Well, we should all be so lucky, I would guess. But I think IF that really happened on this scale, then that massive data loss would cause a giant vacuum causing it to collapse on itself — and maybe take a few other agencies with it. Makes you wonder how much data they really have, no? So I guess the likelihood of that scenario is pretty slim.

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    • peppermintfarm says:

      Plant E,

      You can bet that any data they are going to destroy does not include our tax info.

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    • bullright says:

      Hey, maybe Congress could float a bill that because they have everything so messed up, we should make them start from scratch and delete everything in their vault? 🙂

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      • peppermintfarm says:

        Bull, great idea. I’d like to see Congress completely start from scratch and get rid of the IRS altogether. Now wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing. Only in our dreams however.

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