Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Old School Uncle Sam

Government agencies aren't exactly known for being up to date:
In some cases, the government uses technology that’s 50 years old, Oklahoma Republican Rep. James Lankford said in his second annual “Federal Fumbles” report.

The Department of Defense, for instance, still uses 8-inch floppy disks — not the small kind that fits in a pocket, the bigger, older version — to manage the nuclear weapons system. The Department of the Treasury catalogs taxpayers using software originally created in the 1960s. The Department of Veterans Affairs tracks benefits claims, employee time cards and payroll on code that was first created in the 1950s.

The Government Accountability Office found that in 2015, federal agencies spent more than $55 billion of the government’s $80 billion technology budget on “services that do not use solutions often viewed as more efficient.”
Wait until they find out about modems...

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