The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. Key Republican aides met with the Social Security Administration’s internal investigator on Thursday to discuss lingering concerns that the agency’s aging data center will not be able to manage an increasing workload as millions more baby boomers retire.
Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Accounting System and Supplemental Security Income record maintenance systems are run on four powerful IBM main frames, plans to take steps in modifying its applications to enabling DB2 access – even though the question of software obsolescence will not go away.
SSA decisions are issued by Administrative Law Judges and Senior Attorney Adjudicators (supported by about 6,000 staff employees) at locations throughout the United States of the U.S. Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), who hear and decide challenges to SSA decisions.
In working with GSA General Services Administration, which has jurisdiction over federal buildings, SSA Social Security Administration staff and reviewing historical files, I had discovered that SSA has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in poorly developed and in many cases, unneeded projects.
If more Leftists saw themselves as part of that history, with all its achievements, they might continue to lament that America is not a morally pure country,” but might better understand that no country ever has been or ever will be,” and that no country will ever have a morally pure, homogeneous Left” to bring about social justice.