The Internal Revenue Service’s policies don’t comply with some of the federal government’s requirements that agencies must ensure all records are retrievable and usable for as long as needed, according to a new report.
The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, comes in response to a request from House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. They asked TIGTA to find out whether the IRS’s policies for record retention and responses to record requests comply with federal requirements. Republicans in Congress have faulted the IRS for losing thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the former director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations unit, after her hard drive crashed and backup tapes were recycled. Lerner and other top officials were ousted from the IRS after a scandal erupted in 2013 over revelations her group had used terms such as “Tea Party” and “Patriot” to filter applications from organizations requesting tax-exempt status.
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