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Motion for Status Conference – Exh. 2

Motion for Status Conference – Exh. 2

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DEPARTMENT THE TREASURY 
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE 
WASHINGTON, O.C. 20224 

NA.TION.A.I.. DIRECTOR 
FOR L..EGISL..ATIVE 
AFFAIRS 

June 13, 2014 
The Honorable Ron Wyden The Honorable Orrin Hatch 
Chairman Ranking Member 
Committee Finance Committee Finance 
United States Senate United States Senate 
Washington, 20510 Washington, 20510 
Dear Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Hatch: writing provide update IRS document productions Congress. mid-March 2014, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways Means Committee had received the documents the IRS identified related the processing and review applications for tax-exempt status described the May 2013 report the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. See Enclosure August 29, 2013 letter you described, order produce those documents, ran agreed search terms many (then 77, now 83) custodians' electronic materials, reviewed the resulting materials for responsive documents, and produced them. See Enclosure Production those materials identified responsive from the agreed custodians and search terms was completed three months ago. See Enclosure 
The IRS hopes that your investigation can concluded and the Senate Finance Committee's report issued the very near future that the IRS can then take further 
corrective action address issues, where necessary. Congressional reports are 
important learn from, address, and move beyond the problems and concerns Identified. Your committee's conclusions and recommendations will critically important step that process. 
More than 250 IRS employees have spent over 120,000 hours working compliance with several investigations stemming from last May's report related the processing and review applications for tax-exempt status the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. have responded hundreds Congressional requests for information. doing, the IRS has incurred direct cost nearly $10 million. have spent additional $6-8 million optimize existing information technology systems and ensure stable infrastructure for the production and required redactions protect taxpayer information. have attached document describing some the challenges and limitations that the IRS faced its production process. See Enclosure 
Since mid-March, response Chairman Dave Camp's request and Chairman Darrell lssa's subpoena, the IRS has been reviewing and producing all remaining email for which Lois Lerner was custodian -regardless search terms, relevance, subject 
matter. other words, these Lerner documents are beyond and addition the already-produced Lerner materials the IRS Identified related the processing and review applications for tax-exempt status, which your Committee had received mid-March. addition, described Enclosure when unavailable from 
Ms. Lerners custodial account, are producing Lerner-related email (i.e., email 
which Ms. Lerner was author recipient) from other custodians regardless subject matter. certain instances, such personal conversations between Ms. Lerner and her family regarding health issues, expect make the materials available here the IRS for interested Congressional staff come review. all, the IRS has produced will produce make available approximately 67,000 emails which Ms. Lerner was author recipient. per your staff's request, will continue include your committee our productions until unless you instruct otherwise. 
Sincerely, 
Leonard Oursler 
Enclosures (3) 
cc: The Honorable Dave Camp, Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee 
The Honorable Sander Levin, Ranking Member, House Ways and Means 
Committee 

The Honorable Carl Levin, Chairman, Senate Permanent Subcommittee 
lnvestigatipns 
The Honorable John McCain, Ranking Member, Senate Permanent Subcommittee Investigations 
The Honorable Darrell Jssa, Chairman, House Committee Oversight and 
Government Reform 
The Honorable Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member, House Committee Oversight 
and Government Reform 
DEPARTMENT THE TREASURY 
INTERNiL REVENUE SERVICE 
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20224 

COMMIHIONER 
March 19, 2014 
The Honorable Ron Wyden 
Chairman, Committee Finance 
United States Senate 
Washington, 20510 

Dear Mr. Chairman: have testified, believe that oversight crtticaly important management tool. can benefit from Insights ofthose entrusted with the oversight function, Including Congressional committees and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). 
Last year, TIGTA Issued report related the determination process and the processing applications for tax exempt status, Inappropriate Ctftetfa We'8 Used Identify Tax-Exempt Appl/cations for Review. Since then, have taken substantiVe corrective actions address the problems TJGTA had identified. have: 
 	
Created expedited approval process for 501(c)(4) organizations that has aignlficantty reduced our backlog 

 	
Established Accountability Review Board assess individual employees' conduct and recommend discipline where appropriate 

 	
Installed new management team the Exempt Organizations (EO) dlYl$ion 

 	
Developed new training and conducted workshops number critical issues, including the difference between Issue advocacy and poltttcal campaign Intervention, and the proper way identify applications that require review political campaign intesvention activities 

 	
Established new process document the reasons why applications are chosen for further review 

 
Issued guidelines for specialists how process requests for tax-exempt status involving potentially significant political campaign Intervention 
 
Created formal, documented process for determinations personnel request asals1ance from technical experts 
For the past ten months, have cooperated with multiple investigations issues 
arising from the original TIGTA report. More than 250 IRS employees have spent nearty 
100,000 hours working directly compliance with the investigations-at direct cost nearly million. For our document collection and production, worked closely with 
Congressional staff select the relevant search terms and ldenttfy the custodians 
whose email was searched.Ma result, your committee has: 
 Interviewed current and former IRS employees 
 

Received more than 6901000 pages documents, including Tens thousands IRS emails Voluminous IRS training, management, and policy materials Hundreds case flies for specific organizations you knowt have duty make redactions order protect taxp8yer Information before producing documents committees 1hat not have authority under Internal Revenue Code Section 6103 receive such Information. Nonetheless, have produced hundreds ofthousands redacted pages those oommlttees well. order review, redact, and produce this volume materials, spent additional $6-8 million optimize existing Information technology systems and provide stable technology infrastructure support our production efforts while protecting taxpayerspecific Information. are transmitting today additional Information that believe completes our 
production your committee and the House Ways and Means committee documents have identified related the processing and review appHcations for taxexempt status described the May 2013 TIGTA report will make redacted copies these materials available other committees soon complete the redactions. will, course, continue work with you and your staff any folloup questions that you may have. light ofthese productions, hope lhat the Investigations can ooncluded the very near future. Once have the resulting reports. can then take further corrective action, where nscessary. These reports are important for team from, address, and move beycnd the problems and concerns Identified result ofthe ongoing Investigations. Your committee's conclusions and recommendations will crfticalty important step that process. look forward working with you rebuild taxpayer confidence the IRS and Its ability fairly and efficiently admlnismr the nation's tax laws. you have any questions, please contact me, member your staff can contact Leonard Oursler, Dfredor 

cc: The Honorable Orrin Hatch 
Ranking Member, Senate Committee Finance 

DEPARTMENT THE TREASURY 
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE 
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20224 

August29,2013 
The Honorable Onin Hatch Ranking Member Committee Finance 
United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 
Dear Senator Hatch: responding your request for documents relating the application process for tax exemption organizations that may engagod polltlcal activity. Our response includes, where appropnate, information requested under IRC section 6103 (f)(1). separate 
letter, providing you with lnformatfon that has IRC section 6103 lnfonnation redacted. are committed providing you with complete response possible and our full cooperation with you and your staff addressing this matter. are the process gathering relevant JnfonnaUon responsive your request. part this process, have directed our document retention and retrieval specialists perform electronic data search the records all personnet have Identified who may have potentially relevant infonnatlon. are conducting this process 161der the litigation hold procedures detalled IRS Chief Counsel Notice CC-2012017. Much ofthe raw electronlcally 
stored Information (ESI) requires deaypUon, which often corrupts files that must restored manually before the search process can begin. Once have the decrypted Information, eledronically searched using the terms attached Appendix The resulting material then reviewed manually ensure the documents produced the search terms are responsive your request are proVidlng this partial response your request. which consists documents from multiple custodians, Including Lois Lerner, Dave Fish, Steven Miller, Holly Paz. Steven Grodnitzsky, Jonathan Davis, Nikole Flax, and others. The documents are produced from ESI comprised emails, attachments emails, and other flies not attached emails r1oose files) that were responsive described above. 
These documents are Bates--stamped IRS0000176970-181055. addition the above-referen