SSA braces for baby boomer, Medicare data

Tom Hughes

The Social Security Administration is bracing for massive increases in data that will tax its mainframe capacity following the implementation of the new Medicare drug benefit plan and the retirement of the baby boomers.

SSA and the states will process seniors' applications for assistance paying for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, set to start Jan. 1, 2006.

'We're writing the software, building the infrastructure and working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to understand the business processes and policy, and execute that against the prescription drug requirements. They're huge and evolving as we speak,' said Social Security Administration CIO Tom Hughes earlier this month at an industry breakfast sponsored by Input of Reston, Va.

Social Security has six IBM z/990 mainframes and direct access storage devices that house more than 219T of data.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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