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Social Security’s $300M IT project doesn’t work

This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, shows the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can’t get it to work. And officials can’t say when it will.

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Social Security spent $300M on ‘IT boondoggle’

This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, shows the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.

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Microsoft makes design central to its future

In this photo taken July 3, 2014, Ralf Groene, chief designer for the Microsoft Surface tablet computer, poses for a photo with a Surface 3 Pro tablet, right, in front of a milling machine used to produce parts for the computer, like the one he is holding at left, in Redmond, Wash. As Microsoft competes with Apple and other companies for hardware sales, the software giant has put a new emphasis on design. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food — or “food concepts,” he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce.

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