Disgraced Internal Revenue Service (IRS) director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner, who oversaw the IRS division that targeted conservative groups, still has computer access despite having been placed on paid leave on May 21.
An IRS source tells National Review Online writer Eliana Johnson that Lerner, who pled the Fifth Amendment during congressional hearings after first asserting her innocence, has logged into the IRS computer system as recently as June 4.
According to NRO’s source:
[Lerner] can still access taxpayer data. If your duties do not include dealing with taxpayers, you are forbidden from seeing the information. That is a violation of IRS policy, and if she actually accesses any file that contains any Personal Identifiable Information, it is a felony violation. That would include emails that she has in her files discussing any taxpayer case that contains the name, address, phone numbers or tax data from a case. Actual Unauthorized Access (IRS uses the term UNAX) would be a really good reason for the new boss to can her in a hurry. I am sure a simple examination of her email files and hard drive would discover she still has taxpayer data.
While on paid leave, Lerner is forbidden from using her computer permissions to access taxpayer files or information.