Economic Stimulus Allows Social Security to Improve Data and Hire Help

At long last the Social Security Administration is expanding rather than cuttimng jobs and services. As part of the economic stimilus plan, the Baltimore Sun reports that the agency received a total of $1 billion in the stimulus, with half to go toward the computer project and half for reducing a huge backlog in processing disability claims.

Using a hefty down payment from the newly signed economic stimulus law, the Social Security Administration has embarked on a $750 million project to replace its outmoded National Computer Center and is searching for land within 40 miles of Baltimore.

The injection of funds could result in hiring 5,000 to 6,000 workers in Baltimore and around the country, Michael J. Astrue, the commissioner of the Social Security Administration, said in an interview yesterday. See full story under this link: