Obama Blames Incompetence On Old Computers

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After a year in the White House, looks like Obama is running out of excuses for his incompetence. He can blame George W. for only so long! He’s now blaming old computers for his ineffective governance. What’s next? The dog ate my homework?
~Steve (h/t Tom in NC!)

White House budget director blames old computers for ineffective government

By Ian Swanson – 01/14/10 – The Hill
A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office.
This startling admission came Thursday from Peter Orszag, who manages the federal bureaucracy for President Barack Obama.
The public is getting a bad return on its tax dollars because government workers are operating with outdated technologies, Orszag said in a statement that kicked off a summit between Obama and dozens of corporate CEOs.
The White House release that included Orszag’s comments said one “specific source” of ineffective and inefficient government is the huge technology gap between the public and private sectors that results in billions of dollars in waste, slow and inadequate customer service and a lack of transparency about how dollars are spent. [This, from the most opaque nontransparent administration ever! LOL -Ed.] 
Obama is meeting with CEOs to solicit their views on how to improve the federal government with new information technology.
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6 responses to “Obama Blames Incompetence On Old Computers

  1. Why does this not surprise me, as I sit shaking my head. This administration is clueless, and even the Dems seem to be realizing this. Just think, how many GREAT American presidents did we have before computers were even invented?

  2. Actuallly – it is true.
    I have several friends who work in government offices – and computer technology is, across several agencies – TOTALLY, and consistently, out of date! For the past 10 years, even when they did “upgrades”, it was to technology that was already out of date. Maybe a misguided attempt to be “cost-concious” by buying technology that was being discounted (due to pending obsolescence?).
    What ever the reason – this is, in this case, true.

    • H., It is no accident or ineptitude that the gov’t is using the old technology. They are currently the only purchaser of Analog Technology. It is based on security issues and existing contracts. If you notice, all transmissions are now digital and almost all computer access to the net is digital. Analog is more difficult to hack, Digital is easier. They can hack our digital stuff but we can’t hack the Analog. Also, The gov’t was using computers long before the public sector and much of their data cannot be accessed by the newer programs. Try accessing your first PC game that you ran on a DOS computer and your new Windows program will say WHAT????????
      Steve is right the gov’t are BOOBS, they are blaming technology that they are using on purpose…..

      • I had not known about govt computers using Analog technology. Most interesting and informative, Bob!

      • No Steve you’re not missing anything, they are BOOBS. It’s not impossible to hack, just more difficult than Digital. I’m not certain of the operating system, could be MS DOS or LINUX or the other one I can’t remember the name of, but the data they have stored has not been converted to a format that the latest technologies are capable of using. When they started storing data it took a building to house the computer and the speed was like a 100 times slower than we are capable of now.

  3. Name me one area in govt where we are getting a good return on our tax dollars (military doesn’t count)? Ineptitude is their motto….
    I went to Post Office today at 2:00 and waited almost an hour to ship an FPO box…AN HOUR. They only had 2 workers up front on a Friday afternoon.


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