- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee demanded answers from the Social Security Administration over the implementation of a $300 million IT system that appears to be perpetually locked in the initial stages of development.

Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, and committee members sent a letter to the agency on Wednesday that highlighted a study conducted by McKinsey & Company, Inc. The McKinsey report concluded that the Disability Case Processing System (DCPS) project “has permanently been in ‘beta,’ meaning a pre-release version. The report states that ‘for past 5 years, Release 1.0 [is] consistently projected to be 24-32 months away.’ The report also found that despite spending nearly $300 million, the program has delivered ‘limited functionality, and faced schedule delays as well as increasing stakeholder concerns,” the committees letter stated.

The report also found that the scope of the $288 million system “is ambiguous, the project has been poorly executed, and the project’s development lacks leadership,” the committee said.


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Whistleblowers also informed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the McKinsey report was not distributed in accordance with standard protocols and procedures to senior agency staff. Whistleblowers allege that the agency wanted the findings kept secret until Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin’s confirmation by the Senate to be Commissioner was complete.