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posted by janrinok on Sunday March 23 2014, @01:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the welcome-to-the-1980s-again dept.

el_oscuro writes:

"In a bizarre twist to the usual failed government IT projects, the Washington Post reports:

Deep in an underground mine in Boyers, Pa., amid 28,000 file cabinets, government workers process the retirement files of federal employees. On paper. By hand. In 2014. This is one of the weirdest workplaces in the U.S. government both for where it is and for what it does. Here, inside the caverns of an old Pennsylvania limestone mine, there are 600 employees of the Office of Personnel Management. Their task is nothing top-secret. It is to process the retirement papers of the government's own workers. But that system has a spectacular flaw. It still must be done entirely by hand, and almost entirely on paper.

'The need for automation was clear in 1981,' said James W. Morrison Jr., who oversaw the retirement-processing system under President Ronald Reagan. In a telephone interview this year, Morrison recalled his horror upon learning that the system was all run on paper: 'After a year, I thought, God, my reputation will be ruined if we don't fix this.'"

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  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by n1 on Sunday March 23 2014, @04:03PM

    by n1 (993) on Sunday March 23 2014, @04:03PM (#19946) Journal

    I'm sure anyone who has indirect power to change this situation is at fault, congress who has the direct power is no doubt be held hostage by these omnipresent but vague people and institutions with indirect power.

    These same people will be the target of election campaigns by members of congress, who will pledge to remove the power from these people they are held hostage by and give it back to you! Not you as in us, you as in YOU! Not your neighbor who you don't like, or the college kids, just you, the normal middle class/age/weight fiscally responsible hard working person.

    I'll stop with the sarcastic cynicism now. I don't even know where I was going with this...

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