New Data Center for Social Security as they face running short of space – Stimulus Funds
Posted Mar 03 2009 3:09pm
Why, they are anticipating running out of room for data, receiving terabytes every day, that’s a lot of data. Again, we really need the “smart” people at the top of the line in all entities of government now.
Here’s what we have in place at present, with a little antiquated “Cobol” technology still doing the work:
“The existing system includes a mainframe-based data repository, an electronic claims processing system called eDib, and 54 versions of three legacy Cobol-based workflow management systems that differ by state and territory, and often don't run properly, Astrue says”
This project should have to0 priority and the “smart” people at the controls! BD
When Michael Astrue was appointed commissioner of the Social Security Administration in 2007, he found a desperately inefficient agency. Now, armed with $1 billion in funding from the federal government's stimulus bill, he's set to build a $750 million mega-data center and develop new software to reduce a massive backlog of disability claims.
The SSA is home to the largest repository of electronic health records in the world, and that volume will grow significantly in the next few years as baby boomers retire and e-health records are standardized. But the agency's nearly 30-year-old data center in Baltimore is running out of space. Terabytes of new data come in daily, and the SSA holds more than a petabyte of information on hard disks and tape backup, including earnings records of more than 200 million people and more extensive data on 56 million recipients of Social Security benefits. The SSA's emergency plan relies on a commercial facility it shares with other agencies that doesn't have sufficient capacity.
The agency's solution: Spend $450 million to build a National Computer Center and another $300 million on hardware and software; $500 million of the funds will come from the stimulus bill and the rest from the agency's regular budget. The facility, which will be located within 40 miles of the SSA's Baltimore headquarters, is expected to be completed within five years.
For a long time, the SSA "suffered because there were other agencies that got top priority," he says. "We've got to use this money wisely."