Department of Social Services

Evaluation of General Controls Over Processing of Electronic Data

The Department of Social Services relies heavily on automated systems, employing about 600 computer programmers, analysts, operators and other such personnel. We examined the Department's controls over data processing on its mainframe computers and conclude that the controls provide reasonable assurance that automated systems are appropriately developed and maintained, and that the operation of these systems could be resumed in a timely manner after a disaster or other mishap. We also determined that physical access to the Department's computer equipment and data centers is, for the most part, adequately restricted to authorized individuals only. However, improvements are needed to ensure that on-line access is adequately restricted to authorized users only. 95-S-117