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SSA's new data centre is at least five years away, while the existing centre risks 'catastrophic failure'

It will take the Social Security Administration at least until mid 2016 to build a new data centre to safely handle and store nearly 500,000 electronic records that determine benefits. Meanwhile, the agency's current data centre is in danger of "catastrophic failure," government officials told two congressional subcommittees. The 30-year-old National Computer Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is plagued by an inadequate heating and cooling system, a power system so old that spare parts are no longer made, and clogged and corroded plumbing, Kelly Croft, Social Security's deputy commissioner for systems, told two House subcommittees.

GSA, which operates many of the federal government's buildings, selected a site in Urbana, Maryland, for a new centre, about 40 miles west of Baltimore, but that prompted questions from the House Ways and Means Committee. "Now the project is already delayed a year, and that's before a single shovel has hit the ground," Johnson, R-Texas, said Feb. 11. "All the while, the more time passes, the higher the risk of the National Computer Center failing."

Source: Next Gov

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