IRS Ended Contract with Email Archiving Firm Weeks after Lerner’s Hard Drive Crashed

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | June 23, 2014 | 11:24 AM EDT

The Internal Revenue Service ended its longstanding contract with Sonasoft, an email-archiving contractor, weeks after Lois Lerner’s hard drive crash.

Sonasoft’s six-year relationship with the IRS came to an abrupt end at the end of fiscal year 2011, the Daily Caller discovered. The contract began in 2005. Lois Lerner’s hard drive (and the hard drives of other IRS officials Congress was investigating) allegedly crashed a few weeks before the contract was ended and was not renewed.

IRS official and White House visitor Nikole Flax had her own hard drive crash in December 2011, a few months after Sonasoft’s six-year contract with the IRS ended.

Sonasoft archives emails for the New York Times and is partnered with Microsoft. Sonasoft even tweeted in October of 2009:

“If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to backup their servers why wouldn't you choose them to protect your servers?”

Without a hint of irony, Sonasoft’s website notes that “what prevents [email] archiving adoption today” is that, “Many decision makers believe that preserving content that could be used in a legal action or a regulatory audit is riskier than deleting that content. … we found that 11% of decision makers believe the least risky approach for their organization is to delete all email content on a regular basis.”

Sonasoft offers the solution: “The solution archives all email content and so reduces the risk of non-compliance with legal, regulatory and other obligations to preserve critical business content.”

Sonasoft even has a video ad demonstrating how thoroughly they archive clients’ emails to protect them from being lost forever due to hard drive crashes.

But – conveniently – the IRS does not have this handy solution for such legal conundrums.

“Isn’t it convenient for the Obama Administration that the IRS now says it has suddenly realized it lost Lois Lerner’s emails requested by Congress and promised by Commissioner John Koskinen?” Chairman of House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa responded. “Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they're just now realizing the most critical time period is missing?”

h/t: Daily Caller