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1997-01-30 00:00:00


Social Security's Race Against the Clock



Social Security admits that it must revise 30 million lines of code. It has worked on this project since 1989. By June, 1996, the programmers had completed the repair of 6 million lines of code. They promised to be ready for testing in December, 1998. How can they get from 6 million to 30 million lines in under three years?

Congressman Stephen Horn reported on July 30, 1996: "Social Security . . . [is] not close to completing the inventory and solution stages of conversion."

The Social Security official interviewed here warns of what could happen if there were a 1% failure rate. What if it's 50%?


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