IRS Takes Fire For Undisclosed Communication System

Law360, New York (July 9, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT) -- The Internal Revenue Service uses a second, unrecorded communication system in addition to email that it did not tell congressional investigators about, House Republicans said Wednesday in their latest political targeting scandal square-off against Commissioner John Koskinen.

Koskinen said he had never heard of the Microsoft system, which provides an intra-office instant messaging service to IRS employees. Lawmakers said the agency disclosed this week the presence of the software, whose default feature to record all conversations was disabled before the alleged targeting of Tea Party groups began.

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