The report once again raises concerns over the government’s use of obsolete technologies, and the costs associated with them. According to the GAO, taxpayers spent $61.2 billion last year to maintain outdated systems, while just $19.2 billion went toward updating federal technology. The Pentagon says the nuclear command and control unit will phase out floppy disks by the end of 2017, and that it will fully modernize the system by 2020.
“This system remains in use because, in short, it still works,” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson told the AFP.
The Office of Management and Budget has launched an initiative to replace old IT systems, but it has not yet been finalized. Until it’s put into place, the report says, “the government runs the risk of maintaining systems that have outlived their effectiveness.”