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August 15, 2014

Judge Wants More From IRS on Bid to Save Lerner Hard Drive

A federal judge asked the Internal Revenue Service Thursday for additional information on its efforts to recover data from the crashed computer of Lois Lerner, the former head of the tax agency's nonprofits unit, Bloomberg reports.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave the IRS until August 22 to supply more details on what it did to retrieve email from Ms. Lerner's computer after her hard drive malfunctioned in 2011, including whether the agency tried to recover missing correspondence from mobile devices and information on how it deletes data from  computer components that are no longer in being used.

Mr. Sullivan is hearing a case brought by conservative activist group Judicial Watch in connection with alleged IRS targeting of Tea Party groups seeking nonprofit status. Congressional investigators have zeroed in on the agency's loss of emails from the crash of Ms. Lerner's computer. An IRS court filing Monday included sworn statements from agency technicians that they made repeated but futile attempts to repair or rescue data from the hard drive.