IRS That Spent $4.4 BILLION Of
Taxpayer's Money On IT Claims
To Have Suffered Over
2,000 Hard Drive Crashes
Just *This* Year Alone
"You can't prove anything. We've destroyed all the evidence!"
1. The IRS got the $4.4 billion bucks in it's budget for IT spending:
That's just in the past 5 years under President Obama. Under the years of George W. Bush's presidency, the agency spent $5.3 billion over 8 years. If you're keeping score, that's $9.7 billion dollars spent on IT in a 13 year period from 2000 to 2013.
2. The IRS claimed to have suffered over 2,000 hard drive crashes in it's computers just this year alone:
Yes, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen actually claimed to the Congressional committee that the IRS had suffered over 2,000 hard drive crashes just this year:
Now I don't know about you, but if I took over a government agency, and it was brought to my attention that the agencies computers, on which important federal records are stored, were crashing at a rate of about 333 a month, I'd do something about that. Like, say, make awful sure people were backing up and printing out those important federal records so as to follow the law regarding such things.
This, apparently, was the only big IT decision made in the past six months at the IRS:
IRS Cancels Contract With It's Email Backup Service
Absolutely, that's the first thing I'd do upon being made aware that my agency is beset with crashing computers: I'd cancel the contract of the firm that's backing up our emails n' stuff.
Another fun fact from Koskinen's testimony this week: upon being asked who told him Lerner's emails were missing, he claimed not to remember. Think of how unbelievable that is. He got the job because the former head of the IRS had to step down when the scandal broke. The investigation by Congress has been going on for over a year. Now somebody comes into your office & tells you emails under subpoena have been destroyed in a hard drive crash. I think I'd remember who dumped that huge problem into my lap. Wouldn't you?
Of course, the moment Koskinen 'remembers' who told him about the missing emails, that person is going to be subpoenaed to come testify. Which explains why Koskinen is having memory problems.