Monday, July 28, 2014

Your Government at "Work"...

Hold onto your hats, folks. It's going to get a lot worse before there's any chance it might get better...

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work
After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. But the project has been racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.
Ah, yes. "Six years ago." You do realize, of course, that this is instantly chalked up as "Bush's fault!!!111" because it started during his administration. Now, they're leftists, so we don't expect consistency, but it's especially bitter to note the same people that pin 9/11 on Bush - even though the vast majority of planning occurred under Clinton - will pin anything that happened up to the day Bush left office on him, regardless of how long Obama let it continue.

But I digress. And wait! It gets better...
Today, the project is still in the testing phase, and the agency can't say when it will be operational or how much it will cost.
Got that? They've already pissed away $300 million, the "upgrade" doesn't work, and they have no idea how long it will take to fix or how much it will eventually end up costing. This is after six years, mind you. If these cretins had been in charge of the space program, we'd never have gotten a single rocket off the ground. They'd have spent several trillion dollars and created nineteen new agencies, all with six-figure heads, assistants, etc., but would have laid off most of the civilian engineers.

And that would still be a vast improvement over what's happening in some places in government right now...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

3 comments:

Armed Texan said...

Government waste is not a Rep or Dem issue. It does not originate (nor, unfortunately, end) with one administration or another. It is endemic to the unaccountable, unelected civil service bureaucracy. Since no president can fire them wholesale and they have placed layers of HR and union rules that must be negotiated to even slow the proliferation of chronic, often intentional, incompetence it will continue until congress a) stops giving them billions upon trillions of dollars to piss away; b) gives the executive some authority to decide who remains under each administration; c) busts the federal unions; and d) reworks the rigged bidding system that keeps the big government contractors in business and gives them incentives to deliver shoddy products at inflated prices on ridiculously long time frames and yet still late.

FrankC said...

I suspect this foul up is due more to top management getting involved in the pre-design phase. A sensible IT company would talk with the peons to discover what is actually needed, then listen to management and promptly, but politely ignore what they say.

Anonymous said...

Congress, as a whole, their aids and staff members, lobbyists, etc. do not understand computers and the political appointee's are also in this group.

All of them are grossly incompetent and should be fired. Like Armed Texan said the Public Employee system is too entrenched to allow that to happen.

Rather than correct the problems and fire the worst offenders, the Congressional Critters want to throw more money at it. Just look at the recent "solution" to the VA problems.

FIRE THEM and YOURSELVES while your are it and stop wasting money.

DO