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White House finally dumps IT firm behind HealthCare.gov

21st Century Wire says…

This is why the government has no business running a business.


In terms of Federal efficiency, we should first note that it’s only taken 3 years and $700 million to find out that their no-bid contractors were incompetent.

It smelled bad from the beginning. The Daily Caller confirmed before Xmas:

“First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.

Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.

Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.”

Isn’t that a peach? After this who’s surprised at how they can burn through trillions of dollars without batting an eyelid.

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Jeff Bezos Beltway Softball (Washington) Post reports, “The switch in contractors for the online marketplace reflects the administration’s broader effort to reassess how it handles its $80 billion-a-year IT contracting operations, now that HealthCare.gov’s performance is improving and more than 1 million Americans have selected plans on the exchange.”

The Washington Post cover this story like it’s a sports feature. Thank you Jeff Bezos.

Loving that line, ‘Now that 1 million Americans have signed up!’ They appear to be a few short, we wonder why. Maybe it’s because no one wants to buy the government product.

Now Obama’s team of business geniuses have lined up accounting and consulting giant Accenture to it takeover. And they will outsourcing EVERYTHING – and that’s not cheap, let us tell you.

Obama administration to end contract with CGI Federal, company behind HealthCare.gov

Washington Post

The Obama administration has decided to jettison CGI Federal, the main IT contractor that was responsible for building the defect-ridden online health insurance marketplace and has been immersed in the work of repairing it, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Federal health officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract worth roughly $90 million, probably early next week, with a different company, Accenture, after concluding that CGI has not been effective enough in fixing the intricate computer system underpinning the federal Web site, HealthCare.gov, the individual said.

Accenture, which is one of the world’s largest consulting firms, has extensive experience with computer systems on the state level, and it built California’s new health insurance exchange. But it has not done substantial work on any federal health-care program.

Accenture declined to comment on the matter Friday morning. CGI Federal did not immediately respond Friday morning.

“We are in discussions with potential clients all the time but it is not appropriate to discuss with the media contracts we may or may not be discussing,” said Accenture spokeswoman Joanne Veto in a brief phone interview.

A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Aaron Albright, did not confirm the decision to switch IT contractors, but said, “We continually evaluate our needs and remain focused on ensuring consumers have access to affordable, quality coverage.”

The administration’s decision to end the contract with CGI reflects lingering unease over the performance of HealthCare.gov, even as officials have touted recent improvements and the rising numbers of Americans who have used the marketplace to sign up for health coverage that took effect Jan. 1…

Continue this article at Washington Post

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