A new Government Accounting Office report details the unsettling news that the government spends over 75% of their annual IT budget to keep shonky old computer gear limping along. It's a sad example of what some of us think goes on in the government a lot of the time, and no one ever seems to be held to account.
- The DOD’s system used to send emergency messages to U.S nuclear forces, which runs on a 1970’s IBM platform and still relies on 8-inch floppy disks.
- The Treasury’s systems for storing taxpayer information are 56 years old and obviously use an outdated computer language.
- Social Security systems are 31 years old and use the COBOL programming language, developed nearly 60 years ago.
- The Transportation Department’s Hazardous Materials Information System is around 41 years old.