Social Security Administration Getting Huge Upgrade
The United States government has never been known for its efficiency and/or speed. In some of the more recent stimulus bills the Social Security Administration (SSA) received just over $1 billion in funds for upgrades. The SSA is responsible for storing the largest repository of electronic health records in the world to help determine eligibility for social securty, and the number is growing daily. The SSA currently relies on a data center constructed 30 years ago for its storage as well as commercial companies for its backup systems, neither of which is enough storage. In an attempt to curb its lackluster efficiency track record as well as meet its growing demands the SSA plans to use $750 million of these funds to create a new data center just outside of Baltimore. $450 million of these funds will be used to build the center and the remaining $300 million will be used for new computer systems and software to run it, the facility should be up and running in about 5 years. A $72 million backup facility is already under way and is expected to be online in just under 2 years.