As Obamacare tech woes mounted, contractor payments soared

By Sharon Begley – A Reuters review of government documents shows that the contract to build the federal online insurance website – key to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform – tripled in potential total value to nearly $292 million as new money was assigned to the work beginning in April this year.

“Why this went from a ceiling of $93.7 million to $292 million is hard to fathom,” said Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group that analyzes government contracting.

The work on grew out of a contract for open-ended technology services first issued in 2007 with a place-holder value of $1,000. There were 31 bidders. more>


One response to “As Obamacare tech woes mounted, contractor payments soared

  1. Reblogged this on And Then… and commented:
    This is what happens when the government tries to be a technology solutions firm, There is a huge liability, which is negligence at best, malicious intent at the worst, and should be pursued, The right way to have, and still rescue this platform is to bring in one of the major tech consulting solutions firms, such as Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, etc., put this to a RFP, get the third party to take this mess and turn it around all the way to operations for 3-6 months, then allow transition to full time U.S.G. staff, assisted by the consulting firm. That is the only way to get transparency and accountability.


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