|By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun|
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According to minutes from a
But, Hinkle said, distribution of the "entire report was properly limited because it was pre-decisional and contained proprietary information of
Some portions of the report released by the
The meeting minutes mention the McKinsey report and note one of its recommendations, that an executive leader be given responsibility for delivering the project. But the minutes make no mention of dozens of other findings and recommendations.
In a letter to Colvin on Wednesday, committee Republicans alleged that, according to whistleblowers, "senior agency staff placed a very close hold on this report with the goal of ensuring details … remain secret until after your confirmation."
The computer system is the latest problem for the agency's disability insurance program, which provides benefits to roughly 11 million beneficiaries. In addition to the delays, congressional investigations have revealed that administrative law judges who evaluate disability claims on appeal were rubber-stamping cases.
As of June, more than 660,000 claims were awaiting an initial decision, with an average processing time of 110 days. Another 955,000 cases waited an average of 413 days on appeal.
The project was expected to save
The report called on the agency to strengthen its management of Lockheed.
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