Social Security seeks $300M IT upgrade

The United States Social Security Administration is planning to use $300 million to upgrade its Information Technology systems. However, many legislators are worried that the federal agency will spend recklessly without actually achieving results.

Among its planned upgrades is the goal to move its storage to the Amazon Web Services cloud and incorporate more agile software development practices. When asked why they want to make this change, National Council of Social Security Management Associations president Rick Warsinskey said the SSA’s current infrastructure runs on common business-oriented language (COBOL) programming. Unfortunately, it has upload speeds of .25 megabits per second (Mbps), which is 20 times slower than the speed at which home internet services run. The system is tasked with churning out Social Security numbers and finalizing unemployment and retirement payments.

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