Think it is safe to trust the government?

The Washington Examiner reported yesterday that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has uncovered the fact that top level IRS officials have used their nonsecure home emails to transact official IRS business.  Committee Chairman Issa wrote in a letter to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Wertel, “This not only raises the prospect of violations of the Federal Records Act but it also raises data security concerns and violates internal IRS policies.”

This problem festers at the top of the organization, starting with former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and Lois Lerner who targeted conservative grassroots organizations before her recent retirement.  The committee found Lerner transacted over 1600 pages of emails and documents over her private email system, including 30 pages of confidential taxpayer information.  In another article, the Examiner reported that Lerner forwarded confidential IRS documents to her personal MSN email account labeled “Lois Home”.

Issa is concerned that this “rampant use of nonofficial email by four IRS officials to conduct official business suggests that such use is a systemic problem throughout the IRS.” He went on to say, “This is also a concern to the committee because federal taxpayer information cannot be shared on nonsecure, nonofficial systems.”

Many are concerned that the IRS officials used their private emails to avoid the oversight of the targeting.   No doubt our Citizens for Self-Governance legal team will investigate this for use in our  CSG Class Action Lawsuit against the IRS.

Even more to the point:  What does this say about the IRS’ integrity in managing ObamaCare?

What does it say about the federal government controlling the day-to-day education of our children with Common Core?

How much of this will we take before we insist — no demand! — self-governance?

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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