The Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General has found several weaknesses in the process SSA used to choose a location for its new data centre near Baltimore, a new report says. In general, SSA has developed a “highly sophisticated set of selection criteria” to use to evaluate prospective sites, but there are some unresolved concerns about the process, states a summary of the report from SSA's inspector general. SSA has not fully explained its criteria for narrowing the list of choices and it may have excluded some communities that should have been included, the IG wrote.
“Questions remain concerning SSA's process employed in narrowing the site properties down to a short list,” the report said. “In addition, the initial mandatory selection criteria applied to the geographic regions under consideration may have excluded too many locales.” Specifically, there was little information given about the effects of electric power costs and telecommunications, the report said.