Report Summary

Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General

August 2010

Social Security Administration Computer Equipment Purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Funds


To determine whether (1) Hewlett Packard (HP) complied with contract terms (Contract Number SS00-08-40039) and applicable regulations; (2) Social Security Administration (SSA) personnel properly monitored the contract; and (3) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds were properly accounted for and used.


In 2009, the President signed ARRA into law.  SSA received about $1.09 billion in ARRA funds for certain programs and operational purposes.  SSA used about $2.2 million of these funds between April 30 and May 19, 2009 to purchase about 2,500 computer workstations and 3,400 monitors against the existing HP Blanket Purchase Agreement.  

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Our Findings

The type and quantity of computer equipment HP provided and prices it charged SSA adhered to contract terms.  Specifically, the quantity of computers and monitors billed agreed with that ordered, computer equipment was delivered to SSA components as ordered, and unit prices charged to SSA agreed with contract prices.  HP submitted invoices promptly, and SSA made accurate and timely payments.  SSA personnel properly monitored the contract andARRA funds were properly accounted for and used.