June 20, 2014
WHO KNEW THEY STILL MADE TAPE?:
IRS EMAILS WOULDN'T HAVE VANISHED IN THE CLOUD (Rebecca Carroll, June 18, 2014, NextGov)
"Clearly, the overall system was not as modern as it should have been," said Michael Hettinger, senior vice president at TechAmerica, an industry group.The Obama administration launched its Cloud First Policy in 2011, encouraging agencies to migrate much of their information technology -- including email -- to the cloud. While many agencies have adopted cloud email systems, the tax regulator is not among them.IRS uses Microsoft Outlook for email, with hundreds of millions of messages stored on servers at three data centers, Leonard Oursler, IRS' national director for legislative action, said in a letter to the Senate finance committee.The email servers are backed up daily onto tapes...
The sole outcome of this whole kerfuffle will be a bigger budget for the IRS.Posted by Orrin Judd at June 20, 2014 5:09 PM