Relocating Social Security's Central Computer Operations

HRD-81-134: Published: Sep 1, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1981.

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As part of a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) systems development plans and monitored the agency's efforts to relocate its central computer facility from its present location to a newly constructed computer center building.

For the most part, SSA has done a good job recently in planning and managing relocation activities. However, SSA will soon begin undertaking increasingly risky relocation activities as it moves its service-related automatic data processing workloads and systems. GAO believes SSA can take further precautions to ensure that these activities do not disrupt daily SSA operations and service to the public.

Recommendation for Executive Action

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    Recommendation: Before beginning to relocate any service-related workloads or systems, the Social Security Administration (SSA) should request the Mitre Corporation to perform a formal risk analysis assessing the agency's relocation schedule on the basis of overall building readiness, including security. Mitre should specifically be requested to advise top Health and Human Services and SSA management on whether the relocation of service-related automatic data processing (ADP) resources should be delayed and, if so, for how long. SSA management should use the results of this risk analysis to help determine whether the agency's schedule for relocating service-related ADP resources should be adjusted.

    Agency Affected: Social Security Administration


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