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Icons of Progress

The Social Security System

“The biggest accounting operation of all time” was an important milestone in IBM history but it was not one without its difficulties. The stakes were high as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the American public at large counted on the Social Security Administration to realize the highly publicized policy. In turn, the Social Security Administration depended on IBM to provide technology solutions that supported data processing at unprecedented volumes and speeds. These words of IBMers and public officials alike illustrate some of the challenges and triumphs surrounding the Social Security system.