An outdated computer language is slowing the US government’s effort to get billions of dollars in stimulus cheques to millions of unemployed citizens. Photo: DPAAn outdated computer language is slowing the US government’s effort to get billions of dollars in stimulus cheques to millions of unemployed citizens. Photo: DPA
An outdated computer language is slowing the US government’s effort to get billions of dollars in stimulus cheques to millions of unemployed citizens. Photo: DPA

What is slowing America’s US$2.2 trillion coronavirus aid? A 60-year-old computer language

  • Outdated code called COBOL impairs the US government’s effort to get billions of dollars in stimulus cheques to millions of unemployed citizens
  • Lack of COBOL programmers hurts states swamped with new applications
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
An outdated computer language is slowing the US government’s effort to get billions of dollars in stimulus cheques to millions of unemployed citizens. Photo: DPAAn outdated computer language is slowing the US government’s effort to get billions of dollars in stimulus cheques to millions of unemployed citizens. Photo: DPA
An outdated computer language is slowing the US government’s effort to get billions of dollars in stimulus cheques to millions of unemployed citizens. Photo: DPA
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