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SSA working on $750M computer center replacement

BALTIMORE (AP) – The Social Security Administration is embarking on a $750 million project to replace its national computer center.

The Baltimore-based agency got $1 billion in the federal stimulus package. Half is intended for the computer project and the other half for reducing a backlog in disability claim processing.

Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue says the new funds could mean hiring thousands in Baltimore and nationwide.

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Astrue says they’re considering locations within a 40-mile radius since electrical power and data linkages could be problematic if the distance from headquarters were greater.

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About 1,000 people work at the computer center, but one official estimated that only 60 to 80 employees would be needed at the new facility.

Information from: The (Baltimore) Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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