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IRS Avoided Archiving Their Communications by Using Instant-Messaging System Off the Books

As the Free Beacon [1] noted:

“Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials–including ex-Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner–used an instant-messaging system in a seemingly deliberate effort to prevent their communications from being archived.”

Americans for Tax Reform [2] observed that new documents [3] released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform demonstrate that IRS officials used an instant messaging system called the “Office Communication Server,” denoted OCS, that did not archive their communications.”

“Moreover, in an email obtained by the House committee, Lerner wrote to her IRS colleagues of the need to be “cautious about what we say in emails,” as the agency had on “several occasions” been asked by Congress to provide select emails or submit to “electronic search for responsive emails.””