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Eugen Tarnow


No way IRS relies on local desktops to store email

Eugen Tarnow  June 16 2014 09:16:51 PM
The claim in the media is that Lois Lerner lost her emails because of a crashing hard disk.  

This does not seem believable.  

The IRS surely stores all mail on servers, not on local desktops.  And there must be journaling systems that capture all incoming and outgoing emails in a separate place.

Does anybody know whether the IRS still uses Lotus Notes or went over to Outlook?


1Ben Langhinrichs  6/16/2014 11:26:54 PM  No way IRS relies on local desktops to store email

According to the article I read, they use Exchange/Outlook. But I have to agree, it is beyond plausible that they rely on local storage on a PC. Centralized storage is so inexpensive now, it defies belief that they would not archive emails for longer than this. They may not be immediately accessible, but they have to be in the vaults.

Of course, I might also sanrkily add that the IRS could talk to the NSA who probably have every government official's emails.

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