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Archivist: IRS didn’t follow law with lost emails

June 24, 2014 • Business


Jennifer O’Connor of the Office of the White House Counsel, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, before the House Oversight and Government Committee hearing on “IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation’s top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

In June 2011, IRS executive Lois Lerner’s computer crashed, resulting in the loss of records that are sought in investigations into the agency’s actions. At the time, the agency tried to recover Lerner’s records, but with no success.

When it was determined later in the summer of 2011 that the records on the hard drive were gone forever, the IRS should have notified the National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Archivist David Ferriero told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But Ferriero learned of the lost records on June 13 when the IRS notified Congress.

“Any agency is required to notify us when they realize they have a problem,” Ferriero said.

Lerner is at the center of the controversy and has refused to answer questions from Login to read more

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