Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on October 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

Following the troubled rollout of the website behind Obamacare, very few Americans said the launch is going well, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

Only 12 percent said the enrollment process on Healthcare.gov is going well, the CBS survey shows. Almost half of Americans say it isn’t and 38 percent say they can’t evaluate.

***

Today, we are announcing key steps the Department is taking as part of a tech surge to continue to improve the consumer experience on HealthCare.gov…

We’ve also brought in additional experts and specialists drawn from within government, our contractors, and industry, including veterans of top Silicon Valley companies. These reinforcements include a handful of Presidential Innovation Fellows. This new infusion of talent will bring a powerful array of subject matter expertise and skills, including extensive experience scaling major IT systems. This effort is being marshaled as part of a cross-functional team that is working aggressively to diagnose parts of HealthCare.gov that are experiencing problems, learn from successful states, prioritize issues, and fix them…

We will continue to keep you updated on our progress on improving HealthCare.gov.

***

President Barack Obama didn’t know about the problems with the Affordable Care Act’s website — despite complaints from insurance companies and the site’s crashing during a test run — until days into its now well-documented abysmal launch, the nation’s health chief told CNN on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted Tuesday that there is significant concern in her department and the White House over the technical debacle surrounding the Obamacare website’s rollout. The site was supposed to make it simple for people to search and sign-up for new health care policies starting on October 1, but instead it’s been clunky and, at times, inoperable.

***

Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday about implementation of the Affordable Care Act…

House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office is crying foul that House Republicans aren’t included in the briefing. It is asking that the same briefing be provided to the GOP.

“Far too much information about Obamacare’s rollout is being concealed from the public,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said. “All members – as well as the American people – deserve answers for this debacle. That’s why we have asked the administration to provide the same briefing to House Republicans. This snub is all the more offensive after Secretary Sebelius declined to testify at a House hearing this week. It’s time for the Obama administration to honor its promises of transparency and face some accountability.”

***

The that experts say the problems need to be fixed by Thanksgiving to keep the program on track. But there are already murmurings the repair project could go past December 15, the New York Times. The same story mentioned that potentially 5 million lines of computer code could need rewriting. If that’s true, it sounds like it could be the code-writing equivalent of the D-Day invasion — massive, complex and arduous.

Which is not exactly what nervous Democrats want to hear. But they’re sure to ask about it at an Obama administration for House Democrats on Obamacare’s travails scheduled for Wednesday morning. (House Republicans are requesting a similar briefing as well.)

For the congressional Democrats whose votes made the Affordable Care Act a reality and who will have to defend their support for the law in the 2014 mid-term elections, the problems with the federal website are a political nightmare.

***

Three lessons jump to mind. ObamaCare’s disastrous launch is not just a programmer’s bad hair day but deeply implicated in the central con of ObamaCare.

Secondly, ObamaCare did not need to be founded on misdirection and hidden taxes on the young. It actually would have been a better program and cheaper for the country if it hadn’t been.

Finally liberals hate to be told their hardball policy aim is to make more Americans dependent on government. But in a year or two thousands or millions of older, sicker ObamaCare customers may find their premiums soaring when the young and healthy didn’t show up to subsidize their care. Then what?

***

Time to panic? No. But it’s time to prepare to panic. It sounds like the earliest anyone is projecting fixes is sometime in the middle of November. That’s the time when it absolutely has to work — and if it doesn’t, we should panic. Maybe not “Get in the shelter, Homer!” panic, but I’d definitely think about rebalancing the 401(k) and maybe voting in some politicians who will treat this with the gravity it deserves, rather than giving Rose Garden speeches saying that everything’s basically A-OK if you don’t look at the parts that don’t work! Because make no mistake: If this piece doesn’t work, then most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act doesn’t work…

Judging from President Obama’s speech, the administration has decided to triple down on the “burn the boats” strategy pioneered by Hernan Cortes in his conquest of Mexico: Make a total commitment in the hopes that this will somehow enable you to overcome impossible odds. There was no sign of a Plan B (other than call centers), no hint that they might consider a full or partial delay if they couldn’t get the systems working on time. Presumably they think (correctly) that the longer this goes on, the harder it will be to implement a delay, because so many people will have lost their existing insurance and/or bought new policies through the exchanges. But as I pointed out last week, while the “burn the boats” strategy sometimes ends with an improbable victory, the problem is that the other way it ends is in . . . well, a death spiral.

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Congress could design and federal IT regulators could enforce a new procurement law that was the epitome of agility and nimbleness, one that would allow for tiger teams of Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin’s best engineers to tackle things with “Move Fast and Break Things” gusto. But such a law would be the antithesis of the modern administrative state that is a product of 20th century liberalism.

I get that progressive techies didn’t set things up that way, and left to their own devices, can produce pretty good results (see the 2012 Obama campaign). But the governing philosophy they support is at odds with the startup mentality they also embrace. For better or worse, the impulse for a bigger government that makes more health care decisions goes hand in hand with bad procurement laws administered by a unionized federal workforce bullish on routine and bearish on innovation.

This is how we get a bureaucracy that, when it comes to technology, moves slow and still breaks things.

***

Want to know the names of the individuals and companies leading the “tech surge” called in to fix Obamacare’s main website? If you ask “the most transparent administration in history,” you’re basically out of luck

“If these individuals work for companies that have business before the White House, business before the Congress, do you think, in the interests of transparency, it would be a good idea to list the people and their companies?” asked Ed Henry of Fox News.

“At this point, Ed, I just don’t have more information than I gave you. I would refer you to HHS,” Carney replied, referring to the Department of Health and Human Services…

The problem? An HHS press officer that Yahoo News reached by email wouldn’t comment on the record, while a question submitted via a complex form on the agency’s website never even got a reply.

***

“This is not a glitch. This is a national embarrassment.”

***

The Republican chairman of a key congressional oversight committee has asked Google, Microsoft and three other U.S. companies to provide details on their possible involvement in a “tech surge” aimed at fixing a website implementing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the request in a letter to Google, Microsoft, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Oracle and Expedia, committee spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll said…

“Despite the President’s assertion that ‘we’re well into a “tech surge”‘ neither the White House nor HHS is providing additional details about which private sector companies have been engaged or whether they are being engaged through the appropriate procurement processes,” Issa said in the letter.



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Axe on October 23, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Axe on October 23, 2013 at 1:38 AM

axe: i made another whiskey whilst thinkin’ of your quandry. When i was young i thought there were rules about fighting. it wasn’t ’til i figured out that the queen doesn’t give a shit about me and i started fighting street style. haven’t had a problem since. in politics the only rule is win!

Fred

jrsrigmvr on October 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM

adios

Fred

jrsrigmvr on October 23, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Polagnostic. I wanted you to know I saw your post from last evening, this morning. Very cool.:)

thatsafactjack on October 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

.
Thank you.

As you can see, I’ve wandered off and only now found my way back here tonight … and it looks like you have retired from the fray. Catch you tomorrow.

PolAgnostic on October 23, 2013 at 2:11 AM

They could bring in Zombie Steve Jobs and it wouldn’t help at this point. No “tech surge” can really fix the problems within the necessary time frame, or anywhere close to it, for reasons that have nothing to do with programming, websites, or the flaws in the law itself.

40 or so years ago there was a book on management practices that explained why it can’t work, I forget the author. What happens is that when a project is overdue, bringing in outside help, no matter how well qualified and experienced, can only delay it more. This is because all the new “White Knights” have to be brought up to speed on everything: what was done, why it doesn’t work, what was tried to fix it, where we are now, etc. Even geniuses need time to absorb the work of two or more years.

Any team project develops a dynamic web of lines of authority and communications, too, over time, to function efficiently. Adding arbitrary new experts to the team with new and evolving authorities requires this system be completely rebuilt with respect to the new team, and necessarily requires a more complex web of interaction than existed before. All of this just makes everything take longer.

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One of the key problems was Obama’s insistence that people not be able to get a price before setting up an account and providing detailed personal information, including financial details. This was so no one saw the raw prices if they might qualify for a subsidy; they would only see the lower net price. It was to avoid scaring people off. But it complicated the process intolerably, causing crashes and delays like a DOS attack.

Programmers will tell you correcting such a “glitch” isn’t as easy as finding the offending code and amending or deleting it. Everything that interacts with the code or the information it generates/evaluates/stores could be affected, too, sometimes in ways not easy to anticipate.

Adjoran on October 23, 2013 at 2:15 AM

adios

Fred

jrsrigmvr on October 23, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Night, Fred.

Axe on October 23, 2013 at 2:19 AM

You conservatives and tea parties are just glitches in Obama’s AmeriKa 2.0. You’ll be rectified with even more fervency.

Murphy9 on October 23, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Murphy9 on October 23, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Right your are M9.

SparkPlug on October 23, 2013 at 2:25 AM

did any of you all see…or did you allready cover
the UNODA UN paper a week or two ago..
the 7 steps the civil weapons collection study group
would use to collect firearms in america??
also the email i got from my friend had the
46 senators that voted to let the UN overturn our 2nd amend..
anyone else see that post??

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 2:27 AM

i got a scan from my friend..
with the UN seal on the letterhead..
says..
“within the discussion framework, we have identified several problem areas that must be addressed”
1. classification of military grade weapons made illegal for posession.
2.creation of programs to provide reasonable compensation for voluntary surrender of said arms.
3. codification of laws to begin the restricting and strict licensing of concealable firearms.
4.codification of laws to begin the restricting and strict licensing of hunting grade firearms.
5.codification of laws to restrict the sale and possession of ammunition and componets to manufacture ammunition.
6.finally, codification of laws to completely makers any and all firearms illegal to own, possess or use outside of military and law enforcement usage.
7.creation of a United Nations Police Taskforce with the specific lission of assisting member nations with the collection of weponry from civilian hands.
end quote

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Just saw this on Free Republic.

Obamacare Website Compromised – Pricing Info

It all here:

https://data.healthcare.gov/dataset/QHP-Individual-Medical-Landscape/ba45-xusy

Overview of QHP Landscape files

This website contains plan information for states in Federally-Facilitated and State-Partnership Marketplaces.

Medical plans in the individual market;

Medical plans in the small group (SHOP) market;

Dental plans in the individual market; and

Dental plans in the small group (SHOP) market.

2) Identifying plans based on geography and plan criteria To browse for a plan by specific data fields, click on the icon at the top of the column for a specific field of interest such as state, county, or metal level. For example, to select a specific county of interest, select the county name from the drop-down menu in the second column and click “OK” when done. The file will filter the data and show plan information only for the selected county. Multiple data fields may also be selected for browsing at one time.

3) Premium Information Premium amounts do not include tax credits that will lower premiums for the majority of those applying, specifically those with income up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

The document shows premiums for the following example rating scenarios below:

Adult Individual Age 27 (column H) = one adult age 27

Adult Individual Age 50 (column I) = one adult age 50

Family (column J) = two adults age 30, two children

Single Parent Family (column K) = one adult age 30, two children

Couple (column L) = two adults age 40, no children

Child (column M) = one child any age

Note that child-only plans will only show premiums for the Premium Child column and plans that prohibit child-only coverage will not show premiums for the Premium Child column.

luckybogey on October 23, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Here are the 46 senators who voted to give your rights to the U.N.

Baldwin (D-WI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bennett (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)
Cowan (D-MA)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hirono (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

these are the 46 senators in support of
The U.N. Small Arms Treaty…

it should be clear to all who the ‘other’ side is…
these 46 are clearly….not americans…
this is treason…

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 2:46 AM

We came four votes away from the U.S. Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations.
In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the
United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

The Statement of Purpose from the Bill reads: “To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the
United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”

The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, would have
effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected
all private gun owners in the U.S. and had language that would have implemented an international gun
registry on all private guns and ammo.

Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights
to a foreign power and to allow the creation of an UN police force to come into this country to assist in the
collection of weapons from US, you and me!

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 2:56 AM

so now we have Amnesty..
and a run at the Second Amendment…
oblundercare…
governmental asperations of 18, 19, or 20 trillion in debt…
EBT card-o-rama
good times good times

we are so screwed..

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 3:02 AM

im sure that ‘bit’ would have come
out a LOT better if RWM had done it….sorry

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 3:11 AM

im sure that ‘bit’ would have come
out a LOT better if RWM had done it….sorry

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 3:11 AM

It wouldn’t have made it any easier to take.

The question is: what do we do NOW?

Cleombrotus on October 23, 2013 at 3:19 AM

im sure that ‘bit’ would have come
out a LOT better if RWM had done it….sorry

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 3:11 AM

It wouldn’t have made it any easier to take.

The question is: what do we do NOW?

Cleombrotus on October 23, 2013 at 3:20 AM

i would think bullet point 2…prepairing for
“reasonable compensation for voluntary surrender of said arms.”

is crazy talk…
so that ones out..

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 3:22 AM

King (I-ME)

Not surprised that “my” Senator from Maine is showing his true colors. The guy’s always been slimy.

Cleombrotus on October 23, 2013 at 3:25 AM

you did notice that mccain mcdonnell and grahamnstey
were not on the list..
i hear ppl yelling throw this one out or that one out
and the RINO RINO RINO claim..
i hope most could agree that
those 46 names…are the enemy…clearly..

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 3:26 AM

Cleombrotus on October 23, 2013 at 3:25 AM

tell me about it…im in michigan…2 on the list..
we would kill for a rino here…
levin has pushed union socalism here for over 30 years…
and stabanow more than a dozen…
after that…mcCain looks like a hero still..
slow…confused…stuck in the ole boys club…sure
but he aint voting at the freakin UN to kill
the Second Amendment…

going2mars on October 23, 2013 at 3:29 AM

the only thing to report is that the tea party is blamed for the shutdown (lee and cruz only) and for the bad economic numbers….its all their fault
according to the morning joe crew…

they are so obsessed with the tea party is it ridiculous…

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:08 AM

40% approval for lee is terrible for him
37% approval for obama is an outlier and doesn’t mean anything
-morning joe crew

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:09 AM

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:09 AM

23% for Cruz

renalin on October 23, 2013 at 6:11 AM

i think i know their strategy now…they know the low information voter has short term memory, so they need to keep saying that the tea party and the gop are bad for the country ad nauseum so that they will remember at the polls in nov 2014?

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Cruz has Palin like numbers and Palin like crowds.

yea but the White House doesn’t want his “white trash” famiy eliminated

renalin on October 23, 2013 at 6:12 AM

renalin on October 23, 2013 at 6:11 AM

my bad I forgot to add that…
thansk renalin :)

the tea party and the gop are doomed and they (libs) feel fine
/

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:13 AM

renalin on October 23, 2013 at 6:12 AM

yup

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:14 AM

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:12 AM

yep right on target, gibbsy blaming the shutdown for the poor economic numbers.

renalin on October 23, 2013 at 6:16 AM

the president took responsibility for the obamacare debacle at the rose garden
-gibbsy

YOU LIE

OMG, no one will call him out on that…it was a freakin campaign speech….

20 minutes on their GOP obsession and 1 minute on sebelius and obamacare…wow, deflection at its finest on MJ….

time to turn channel….renalin take over for me :)

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:20 AM

40% approval for lee is terrible for him
37% approval for obama is an outlier and doesn’t mean anything
-morning joe crew

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Let’s be clear here cmsinaz. The Morning Joe Crew isn’t making that claim. It comes from Mika’s daily briefing from the West Wing.

Here’s a good question you’ll never see on MJ. The claim has been made that Obama was just as surprised as the rest of us that the HealthCare.gov is nothing more than an Error 404 generator. Actually some of us were not all that surprised but shouldn’t somebody be fired for not keeping “the boss” informed?

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:21 AM

the president took responsibility for the obamacare debacle at the rose garden
-gibbsy

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Really? Because when somebody takes responsibility it usually includes the words “I’m responsible” not “It’s a good product.”

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:21 AM

gibbsy says it’s clear to him from the sebelius interview, that obama was lied to.

adios sebelius

renalin on October 23, 2013 at 6:23 AM

it just irks me with the ad nauseum attacks against rummy and that he should resign due to abu graib but none of that now with sebelius….

bunch a hypocrites, just really infuriating…

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:21 AM

thanks for that correction :)
obama gets his information from the news just like the rest of us apparently…

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:23 AM

it just boggles the mind…and NO ONE on that set called him out on it…
unstinkingbelievable…

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:32 AM

an obama flunky tweets disparaging comments about Sarah and Hillary.

further solidifies the fact that the obama whitehouse has been anti women since its inception.

the gop silent and prostrate.

renalin on October 23, 2013 at 6:34 AM

it just irks me with the ad nauseum attacks against rummy and that he should resign due to abu graib but none of that now with sebelius….

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Sebelius can’t be fired. That would be an admission that something is wrong with their “glitchy” website and enrollment in general. Even last night the wicked witch was out there blaming it mostly on all of trying to log in and start getting covered by this wonderful program. Demand merely pointed out previously undetected problems that the surge is now correcting.

All I can say is that by the end Hitler was moving non-existant armies around Berlin because nobody was willing to tell him the truth. What we see here is much the same thing. Nobody wants to admit that the only real solution here is to scrap something that they spent over half a billion on.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:37 AM

appears so, throw more good money after bad and the dems are already asking for it…

cripe…the squishy gop will give it to them as well…

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:38 AM

an obama flunky tweets disparaging comments about Sarah and Hillary.

further solidifies the fact that the obama whitehouse has been anti women since its inception.

the gop silent and prostrate.

renalin on October 23, 2013 at 6:34 AM

That’s not entirely true.

Valerie Jarrett was referred to as a “vacuous cipher” also but
John Noonan, a national security staffer on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, was referred to as an “overweight paid Romney shill.”

I think the most telling thing here is that being critical of the administration is what gets you fired not, say, being responsible for the deaths of four Americans who were unprotected because added security didn’t fit the narrative. Nor does lying your ass off about a YouTube video while doing the full Ginsberg. Nor does getting caught harassing conservative groups trying to get tax exempt status (that actually gets you promoted). Nor, for that matter, does operating a gun running operation that actually armed and laundered money for the Mexican drug cartels.

The GOP hasn’t exactly been silent about all of this but they haven’t been effective either.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:43 AM

appears so, throw more good money after bad and the dems are already asking for it…

cripe…the squishy gop will give it to them as well…

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:38 AM

House Dems are getting a closed door brief today on how Obamacare enrollment is going. House Republicans don’t have the same opportunity. They should be screaming bloody murder that the administration is denying them the information they need for oversight.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:46 AM

its more like pretty please…

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! …And, Trolls. Brother, can you spare a peso?
My take: “Misplaced Priorities: America’s Jobless and the Push for Amnesty”

kingsjester on October 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Drudge says 300,00 losing their insurance in Florida.

All ObamaCare seems to be doing is causing people to lose their insurance.
Double down Barry. This is working out great.

Oh.. and if you do hear somewhere out there about somebody getting coverage through ObamaCare.. and their payment is low.. be sure to check on that deductible. It’s probably like $10,000.

JellyToast on October 23, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Adjoran on October 23, 2013 at 2:15 AM

There are a number of books on the topic of software engineering projects and their problems.

One of the best known is The Mythical Man-Month and is the classic of the field of program management and well beyond software and hardware for its ability to describe problems in program management as a whole. Being a compilation of essays it offers a number of perspectives to get the thematic point home of how program management views actual program logistics as being back-assward. And it still is in many realms far outside the tech industry.

The current programmatic problems of not setting proper software and hardware goals, not doing triage of expectations, and of getting into a continuous loop of program management decline on a project that cannot work is Ed Yourdon’s Death March, which I read in its 1st edition and was an excellent overview of problems of more recent program management problems.

There are a number of excellent books out there on the problems, but if you want the Old School IBM problems (which now fester in federal IT procurement) or more modern problems of program management (which happens in the oversight of federal IT projects just as much as in the private sector) then those two get you started. They deal with the sociology of program management and the real problems of human nature when in projects and programs… and allows individuals to instantly spot problem programs at the start so that they can bail out ASAP, unless they have a good reason to stay in.

There are people who will join Death Marches, but their reasons don’t tend to be oriented towards the supposed goal of the program. Young individuals just starting out who want large-scale program experience will join one. So, too, will old hands wanting to brush up on code or try different ways of doing code knowing that it will be scrapped and probably never see the light of day. There are also individuals who take the pragmatic ‘its just a paycheck’ approach and who turn out lackluster code knowing it won’t see the light of day. The main problem of a poorly run program is that those who want to perform and shine will quickly identify a problematic program and scamper in weeks or months after its start… and usually only giving a cursory backgrounding to those coming in to replace them. After that poorly written code, poorly documented code, experimental code left in once its writer leaves are all symptomatic of a poorly run program from the program manager’s side of things. As the deadline for a program nears the turn-over in personnel increases, and the need to spend work hours also becomes topmost, and thus the Mythical Man-Month problem rears its ugly head once more in the modern age. Throwing more people at a project to expend man-hours and man-months is insane once you are within weeks of delivery, and yet that is what you often see on failing projects and programs.

Book end the modern program management era with those two and you can then fill in some of the major pieces with specialized work. These give you an idea of what the problems are and after that you can either look at specifics or look at books geared towards large-scale change of corporate culture in program management to get better results by properly scaling programs at the start and putting down triage at the start so that something functional gets delivered. Needless to say all the government ‘re-invention’ groups and ‘process improvement’ groups rarely utilize those and when people come in who have read such works then put forward systemic changes, it falls on deaf ears. BTDTGTTS.

ajacksonian on October 23, 2013 at 6:58 AM

OT but this truly is a quote of the day. Bill Young’s widow reportedly sent the following message to Charlie Crist:

“This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband’s memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don’t want my husband’s memorial service to be another opportunity for that and I will not tolerate anyone turning this into a platform for political gain. Please honor my family’s request.”

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 6:59 AM

WAR ON BLACK WOMEN >>>

RACISM, STRAIGHT UP: Jay Carney walks out on a black female reporter who’s asking a polite question about the Obamacare website.

crash72 on October 23, 2013 at 6:59 AM

kingsjester on October 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM

good morning KJ

another good one folks…read it!

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Drudge says 300,00 losing their insurance in Florida.

All ObamaCare seems to be doing is causing people to lose their insurance.
Double down Barry. This is working out great.

Oh.. and if you do hear somewhere out there about somebody getting coverage through ObamaCare.. and their payment is low.. be sure to check on that deductible. It’s probably like $10,000.

JellyToast on October 23, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Drudge lies. Sebelius said that nobody is losing their insurance! In her interview with Sanjay Gupta she said:

People have available coverage and no one, I think it’s important to say, Sanjay, is losing coverage now. The earliest the plans start is January 1st. If you sign up by the 15th of December, you will have coverage on day one. So, people are frustrated with a website, but the product is there. The prices are good. It will not sellout and the prices won’t change.

See? I don’t know what all the fuss is about? It’s a good product and won’t sell out! /

Oh, and if I hear of somebody getting Obamacare coverage and their rates are low, I don’t care about their deductible. I will know that they are an OFA shill because nobody but nobody is actually getting a good deal out of this.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on October 23, 2013 at 7:10 AM

My take: “Misplaced Priorities: America’s Jobless and the Push for Amnesty”

kingsjester on October 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM

I’m sure that giving amnesty to illegals will only help that 15% of young people who are neither employed nor in school. /

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Exactly.

kingsjester on October 23, 2013 at 7:19 AM

“All members – as well as the American people – deserve answers for this debacle.” – Brendan Buck, John Boehner spokesman

Personally, I’m more interested in the previous and deadly fusterclucks like F&F, Benghazi, etc. It appears as though Ø’Bumbler is simply piling on the scandals without a thought as to how to explain/justify them in such a manner as to pacify his critics. The Øne simply wants everyone to – what a used car salesman would say: “Trust Me”.
Sure, Barry, Sure.
Paraphrasing Nikita Kruschev: “We Will Barry You!”
http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/poster-we-will-barry-you-nikita-khrushchev-1956-t9626.html
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Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Yep…My take: “Misplaced Priorities: America’s Jobless and the Push for Amnesty”

kingsjester on October 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Our American Leadership have misplaced priorities.

It’s still the economy, stupid.

…they’ll double whammy us kj…and do another “cash for something” program…at the same time!

KOOLAID2 on October 23, 2013 at 7:29 AM

It appears as though Ø’Bumbler is simply piling on the scandals without a thought as to how to explain/justify them in such a manner as to pacify his critics. The Øne simply wants everyone to – what a used car salesman would say: “Trust Me”.

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 7:23 AM

The lazy stupid coward knows he’s bulletproof. No way are the Dems going to allow anything happen to the first affirmative action President. He could go on the floor of the House and impale puppies and he’d have more than enough defenders.

But there will be a reckoning some day.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

KOOLAID2 on October 23, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Yep.

Capitalism breeds Freedom.

Socialism breeds slavery to the state.

kingsjester on October 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

But there will be a reckoning some day.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

I look forward to that day. Just hope I’m alive to see it. These scumbags belong in prison.

VegasRick on October 23, 2013 at 7:36 AM

time to turn channel….renalin take over for me :)

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:20 AM

…you have to have scars…from all the abuse!

KOOLAID2 on October 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

The Obama presidency is in a death spiral…

Pest on October 23, 2013 at 8:01 AM

40% approval for lee is terrible for him
37% approval for obama is an outlier and doesn’t mean anything
-morning joe crew

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Saw about 60 seconds of this from the replay. Willie Geist is despicable. Reading from the Washington Post like it’s some un-biased source that Senator Lee is in such trouble at home.

Is that 40 percent 100 percent Utah voters? Of course it’s not.
If Lee went home, like Ted Cruz yesterday in Arlington, Texas – he’d probably get a roaring 15 minutes standing ovation.

Marcus on October 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

A few KA2 :)
Yepper Marcus

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Saw about 60 seconds of this from the replay. Willie Geist is despicable. Reading from the Washington Post like it’s some un-biased source that Senator Lee is in such trouble at home.

Is that 40 percent 100 percent Utah voters? Of course it’s not.
If Lee went home, like Ted Cruz yesterday in Arlington, Texas – he’d probably get a roaring 15 minutes standing ovation.

Marcus on October 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Lee and Cruz are the hottest politicians right now. You would think MSNBC and Morning Joe would want to have them on their show. They would be a big “get”. Instead they spend the first 15 minutes of their show talking about polls.

monalisa on October 23, 2013 at 8:29 AM

But there will be a reckoning some day.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Unfortunately, it can’t come soon enough. Why wait until after the temporal world is destroyed?
Semper Paratus
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Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Now if the GOP hadn’t backed down on this…all of America would know it has to go. But, then they do like controlling 1/6 more of the economy, don’t they.

Don L on October 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Hear about Florida Blue cancelling some 300,000 individual health insurance policies? Awesome.

Guess that’s 300,000 more that will have to pay additional taxes to the Inner Party or have IRS thugs pay them a little visit. Double plus good!

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM

We lost a client because they decided to dump their employees (a few thousand) out to the exchanges with a stipend to cover part of the expense. Apparently, they realized it just wasn’t worth the time and effort any more. I’m not sure what will happen if their employees aren’t able to purchase coverage because the exchanges are down. We’re past time to formulate a benefits plan. Their network, TPA and us were already notified of termination.

dominigan on October 23, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Juan Williams said it’s racist to knock Obamacare. George Bush caused all the problems and Obama inherited this mess. Medical people couldn’t hardly get poor ol’ Juan in the straight jacket.

Herb on October 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

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