SSA official fired for disputing IT policy, he says

The Social Security Administration allegedly fired an official for a disagreeing with the agency's IT approach, the Federal Times reports.

Sean Reilly reports that Ephraim Feig, who had been the agency's associate CIO for vision and strategy until his departure was announced last month, used his personal blog to say he was fired for "challenging a status quo that won't meet future needs." Earlier this week, the SSA confirmed without explanation that CIO Frank Baitman is stepping down.

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Reader comments

Sun, Jul 31, 2011

Feig is a PhD., an expert in IT strategy with huge successes with start-up companies in the private sector. He simply held up the mirror to the SSA establishment and forced them to realize that decades of complacency left their IT in a state that would put any private sector company out of business. They did not like that. So he's out. He should be thanked for what he tried to do. Read his stuff.

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 CJ

This article is kind of pointless, but at least it links to some marginally useful information. On the other hand, federal agencies insisting on sub-par, outdated IT approaches - this is news?

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 SSAer

The truth is that he was doing what political appointees usually do. Make pie-in-the-sky recommendations without the practical implementation plan. His was way out in space and he wouldn't take no or change for an answer. So he lost. Typical Obama/socialist style.

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