By Trevor Brown and David Van Slyke – From bidding to selection to delivery, the federal contracting system is broken. HealthCare.gov is not the first major information technology purchase to be over budget, late and dysfunctional. It’s only the most recent.
The system is plagued by a litany of problems.
The rules are cumbersome, inflexible and vary across agencies. The process favors large and sometimes politically connected incumbents, splinters projects across congressional districts and focuses on compliance rather than quality products that support agency missions. The federal contracting workforce is understaffed, overburdened and undertrained. more> http://tinyurl.com/nl5ycgm
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- Obamacare’s Defects Are the Price of Bad Politics, Clive Crook, Bloomberg
- As Obamacare Takes On Water, The Electorate Wakes Up To Its Horrors, Grace-Marie Turner, Forbes
- Why Is Obamacare Complicated? Paul Krugman, NYTimes.com
- Worrying signs for Obamacare: Plan B needed for Healthcare.gov, Brian Beutler, salon.com
- Obamacare A Mess? Liberals Say Go Single Payer, Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes
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- James Moore: The Cheap Fix to HealthCare.gov (huffingtonpost.com)
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- Thud: Only 50,000 have signed up through HealthCare.gov (canadafreepress.com)