Secret Service Handcuffed by Outdated Computer Mainframe System

Friday Feb 26th 2010 by Ainsley Jones
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A classified review of the U.S. Secret Service found that the agency's computers were fully operational only 60 percent of the time because of outdated systems and a reliance on a computer mainframe that dates to the 1980s.

According to ABC News, the U.S. Secret Service is hamstrung by outdated computer systems and a mainframe that dates back to the 1980s. The agency's computers are only operational 60 percent of the time.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee commented:

We have here a premiere law enforcement organization in our country which is responsible for the security of the president and the vice president and other officials of our government, and they have to have better IT than they have.

A National Security Agency review of the system estimates that it would cost $187 million to update the system. Thus far, the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service, has allocated $33 million and has requested a further $69 million.

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