IRS’ contract with email backup company ended at a very ‘convenient’ time

Oh! The IRS cancelled its contract with it's email backup provider right after the investigation started?
How conveeeeeenient.

— Al Raddatz (@Radditude1) June 22, 2014

Yesterday, Twitchy reported the tweet from 2009 in which server backup company Sonasoft bragged about the fact that it was responsible for securing the IRS’ servers.!/instapundit/status/480744294492291072

According to a report by the Daily Caller, the contract with the company was cancelled just after the scandal came to light:

Sonasoft’s six-year business relationship with the IRS came to an abrupt end at the close of fiscal year 2011, as congressional investigators began looking into the IRS conservative targeting scandal and IRS employees’ computers started crashing left and right.

Sonasoft’s fiscal year 2011 contract with the IRS ended on August 31, 2011. Eight days later, the IRS officially closed out its relationship with Sonasoft in accordance with the federal government’s contract close-out guidelines, which require agencies to fully audit their contracts and to get back any money that wasn’t used by the contractor. Curiously, the IRS de-allocated 36 cents when it closed out its contract with Sonasoft on September 8, 2011.

What a coincidence!!/jodster36/status/480746194675564544

June '11: Camp ltr to IRS re targeting
10 days later: Lerner computer "crash"
2 mos later: IRS cancels contract w email backup company
Hmmmm— Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) June 22, 2014

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‘Heckuva then and now:’ Sonasoft backpedals on claim it backed up IRS servers!/kerpen/status/483351315070730240


Refresher: More than a week ago, Twitchy told you about a 2009 tweet from Sonasoft, the company that bragged about providing e-mail backup/archiving services to the disappearing e-mail vortex known as the IRS.!/Sonasoft/status/4738641591

The contract reportedly ended just as the investigation of the IRS witch hunts commenced.

The latest development with Sonasoft?

As Phil Kerpen notes, the company is now “clarifying” its “position” on its relationship with the IRS.!/Cameron_Gray/status/481763628262375424

From the Sonasoft press release issued June 25:

…Position Regarding IRS and Sonasoft’s Email Archiving Products
Sonasoft Corp. clarifies its position regarding Sonasoft’s email archiving products and the IRS. Sonasoft does not have IRS email; Sonasoft never had access to IRS email…

Sonasoft Corp., a leader in enterprise-class email archiving and eDiscovery tools, clarifies its role with the IRS and Sonasoft’s email archiving services. Sonasoft does not have IRS email. Sonasoft never had access to IRS email.

“We have a strong presence with the public sector as part of our customer base, which at one time included as a customer the IRS Counsel Division. Sonasoft has earned a strong clientele with, among others, school districts, counties and city governments, which appreciate our affordable email archiving solutions that outperform their expectations,” said Andy Khanna, President and CEO of Sonasoft.

…“In regards to the IRS as one of Sonasoft’s customers, it is true that one Division within the IRS was Sonasoft’s customer from 2005 to 2011,” clarified Andy Khanna. “This Division was the IRS Counsel. The main branch of the IRS did not use Sonasoft’s software for its operations; only the IRS Counsel used our SonaExchange software, which is a Microsoft Exchange Server replication solution. This particular software allowed the IRS Counsel to replicate the email data by copying it to a remote server for disaster recovery and business continuity as a failover copy to take over if the main system failed. In the event that a client’s Microsoft Exchange Server went down, then end users could access the replicated data on the Microsoft Exchange Server quickly and efficiently. The IRS Counsel Division stopped using Sonasoft’s replication software in 2011.”

“To further clarify, no Division within IRS ever used Sonasoft’s email archiving software. Only a Division within the IRS used any Sonasoft product and that was our email replication software, not our archiving or backup software,” said Andy Khanna.

Alrighty then…!/bdcory/status/483353706415394816

Quick, blame some “rogue” employees!!/AdamKissel/status/483351006429073408


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