- Americans Have Every Reason to Doubt Social Security Solvency (04/21/10) posted by The Heritage Foundation
- Report -- Social Security Modernization: Options to Address Solvency and Benefit Adequacy (05/13/10; 89 pages, PDF), posted by the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging
- 2010 Social Security Trustee’s Report (08/05/10; 243 pages, PDF), posted by the Social Security Administration
- CRS looks at solvency status of Social Security trust funds (10/12/10), posted by CCH
- Proposals Addressing Trust Fund Solvency (updated 01/06/11) posted by the SSA, listing eight memoranda studying many of the proposals and options that address the projected exhaustion of the Social Security Trust Fund, between 2037 and 2041, under the intermediate set of economic and demographic assumptions provided in each of the five prior annual Trustees' reports.
The information hardware facilities and software capabilities of the Social Security Administration are reported to be inadequate to handle the biggest database in the world.
In Social Security Data Center Approaching Collapse (01/03/11), published by InformationWeek - Government, reporter Elizabeth Montalban highlighted that "an inspector general finds agency operations at high risk due to delays in upgrading its critical infrastructure and software."
A report by SSA IG Patrick P. O'Carroll Jr., examining the top management challenges the agency will face in 2011, shows it grappling with a host of IT infrastructure projects the agency's IG, Congress, and the SSA's advisory board worry it can't handle.
One of the biggest problems is the agency's transition to a new data center, according to the report. The IG has characterized the replacement of the SSA's National Computer Center (NCC) -- built in 1979 -- as the SSA's "primary IT investment" in the next few years.
The agency has received more than $500 million so far to replace the outdated center, which is now so severely strained by an expanded workload over its time of operation that it may not be able to function by 2012, according to the report.
However, the SSA does not foresee completing the new center until 2015, a project the IG deems as "imperative" considering the precarious position of the existing NCC. * * *
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