Rep. Ted Budd Highlights Government Waste in Outdated Federal Software

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Washington, February 21, 2020 | comments

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) announced this week’s edition of Budd’s Budget Busters, which highlights and exposes examples of federal government waste and proposes solutions to save taxpayer dollars.

According to the Government Accountability Office, 75 percent of the federal government’s IT funding goes towards maintaining outdated legacy software. The Department of Justice and the Social Security Administration still operate a programming code from the 1950s and 1960s. The Department of the Treasury still uses a pair of nearly 60-year-old systems. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains veterans’ benefits on a more than 50-year-old system. Most incredibly, the Department of Defense uses an over 50-year-old system of 8-inch floppy disks in the operation of our country’s nuclear arsenal. 

Rep. Budd said in a statement: 

“As the tech revolution continues to affect every aspect of our lives, we have to make sure that our government isn’t left in the dust. The private sector can be a vital resource for demonstrating how to effectively modernize using cutting edge tools like cloud technology. That’s why Congress should perform enhanced oversight in the form of hearings and testimony and enact new legislation where it would be needed. Agencies and departments should be held accountable for the glacial pace of technological change in the federal bureaucracy." 

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