Followup on Computer Security at the Social Security Administration

HRD-79-114: Published: Sep 4, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1979.

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A followup review was made of the management of computer security at the Social Security Administration (SSA) headquarters.

GAO found several management problems in computer security at the SSA headquarters leading to possible misuses, abuse, or destruction of social security beneficiary records. SSA provides limited safeguards to protect both automated beneficiary records and documents supporting beneficiary claims. The Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare notified GAO of corrective actions being taken to solve the problems indentified. Hopefully, GAO reports will not only result in corrective action being taken at SSA, but also provide the impetus for correcting similar problems at other Federal agencies.

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