Healthcare.gov contractors point fingers back at Obama administration in House testimony

posted at 8:41 am on October 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, the contractors who contributed to the Healthcare.gov fiasco testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has begun a probe into how $400 million and a 42-month lead time produced an embarrassing failure for Health and Human Services. They made it clear where the blame lies for the failure, claiming that their pieces of the project won approval and worked when they turned them over to CMS. Either the problems are the other contractors in the room, or more likely CMS and HHS:

Principal contractors hired to build the ObamaCare website HealthCare.gov are hitting back at the Obama administration for the site’s overwhelming technical problems.

Executives from CGI Federal and QSSI—the site’s main contractors—are among four companies testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Thursday on the glitches.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “serves the important role of systems integrator or `quarterback’ on this project and is the ultimate responsible party for the end-to-end performance,” CGI’s Senior Vice President Cheryl Campbell said in prepared testimony, according to the Associated Press.

“No amount of testing within reasonable time limits can adequately replicate a live environment of this nature,” she added.

Campbell went on to blame “another contractor” for the issues of account creation, the New York Times reports:

She blamed “another contractor” for problems that consumers have had creating secure password-protected accounts. She did not name the company, but government records show it is Quality Software Services Inc., a unit of the UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest insurers.

These problems “created a bottleneck that prevented the vast majority of users” from gaining access to the federal exchange, Ms. Campbell said.

Quality Software Services executive Andrew Slavitt told the House committee that they did the proper testing, identified a number of problems — and gave the information back to CMS:

Andrew M. Slavitt, the UnitedHealth executive responsible for Quality Software Services, said its identity verification tool was just one part of “the federal marketplace’s registration and access management system, which involves multiple vendors and pieces of technology.”

These were overwhelmed by people trying to use the site, Mr. Slavitt said. One reason for the logjam, he suggested, is that the administration made “a late decision requiring consumers to register for an account before they could browse for insurance products.”

Mr. Slavitt said that Quality Software Services was one of several companies that tested the federal marketplace before it opened.

“In our role as tester,” he said, “we were tasked with identifying errors in code that was provided to us by others.” The results were reported back to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the relevant contractor, “who in turn was responsible for fixing coding errors or making any necessary changes,” he said.

The front-end problems are masking the back-end problems, too. Thanks to the logjam in account creation, the contractor responsible for dealing with paper applications has seen an unexpected boost in demand. The problem is that the contractor, Serco, has to use the same back-end system as Healthcare.gov to register those applicants — and that doesn’t work, either.

Energy and Commerce will start calling Obama administration officials to testify next week, Bloomberg notes in their preview of today’s continuing testimony. Republicans want to get enough on the record now for that interrogation, hoping to force HHS and CMS officials into providing real answers to account for the disaster:

Maybe they should keep this point from the NYT in mind, though:

The same contractors, testifying before the same committee on Sept. 10, assured lawmakers that they were ready to handle a surge of users when the federal exchange opened on Oct. 1.

Perhaps the ECC will remind them of that today.


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What difference, at this point, does it make?

redguy on October 24, 2013 at 8:44 AM

This is a government run program. We all know where the blame lies, whether or not the contractors did an adequate job. And as Ed noted in his earlier post, Sebelius is notorious for mismanaging government tech projects.

NotCoach on October 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Exactly what you’d expect. Fingers pointing every which way and no one taking responsibility. Especially no one in the Administration.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Exactly what you’d expect. Fingers pointing every which way and no one taking responsibility. Especially no one in the Administration.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Except that unlike with Benghazi, the regime can’t play the waiting game. If Obamacare can even get its website working, this entire thing will implode and take down the nation’s health care system with it. Even the most partisan libtard will notice that.

Doughboy on October 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Sebelius is notorious for mismanaging government tech projects.

NotCoach on October 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Unfortunately for the country Sebelius is the norm not the exception. That said, the failure of this project is pretty epic.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

We are all so screwed. It’s a catch-22. You have to have insurance or pay a fine, but if you can’t buy health insurance because the site is a POS you still have to pay a fine. Was this deliberate?

simkeith on October 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Even the most partisan libtard will notice that.

Doughboy on October 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

They’ll blame the Republicans, Limbaugh even Bush. However the LSM does seem to be turning on them. Maybe this is The Won’s Waterloo.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I have not seen a single troll in over a week here on HA. What ever is going on? Can they all be sick at the same time?

Johnnyreb on October 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

I think it pretty easy to solve this problem…
Pelosi hit on it…”Just fix it”…

right2bright on October 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Oh goody, most of the finger pointing is being done toward HHS and Sebelius just conveniently stated a couple of days ago that Obama had absolutely no previous knowledge of the issues.

Again, what in the world does this guy have on these people that they will throw themselves under the bus so quickly? Then again with the NYT story maybe he just doesn’t pay attention and everyone knows this so they treat him as a child and try to protect him.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Was this deliberate?

simkeith on October 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I think it was but I’m not sure it’s working out quite like they wanted.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I have not seen a single troll in over a week here on HA. What ever is going on? Can they all be sick at the same time?

Johnnyreb on October 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

They’re all tied up trying to sign up for Obamacare.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Our regular Trolls, both blatant and “concerned”, have no arguments left. It is cvlear now that Cruz, Lee, Palin, West, and all those who warn of an imprending disaster, were exactly right, and the Democrats and Vichy REpublicans have egg on their faces.

I’m going to run out of popcorn before this thing is over.

kingsjester on October 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

They’ll blame the Republicans, Limbaugh even Bush. However the LSM does seem to be turning on them. Maybe this is The Won’s Waterloo.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

They’ll try to blame someone else. But it’s impossible. The Republicans were in unison in voting against Obamacare. Bush had nothing to do with crafting Obamacare(unlike with TARP) and was more than a year removed from office when it was signed into law. And to make matters worse, we just came out of a government shutdown which was brought on by a majority of Republicans trying to defund or delay Obamacare while the Democrat Party was united in opposition to any changes to the law. The Dems own this completely.

Doughboy on October 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Dems own this completely.

Doughboy on October 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

You seem to be under the impression that facts and logic are relevant. These are brain dead liberals we’re talking about.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Anyone else catch Larry Elder’s description of the way Democrats are going to handle today’s House Obamacare hearings on Fax & Friends this morning?

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

They made it clear where the blame lies for the failure, claiming that their pieces of the project won approval and worked when they turned them over to CMS.

Individual pieces might work in standalone mode. It’s when you marry them together that problems of incompatibility rise. And that’s on the shoulder of the overall manager: HHS Secretary Sebelius.

rbj on October 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

House Energy & Commerce hearing on the Obamacare Titanic going down now started on CSPAN. Chairman Upton has the floor.

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Just hit the “reset” button.

How can that fail?

/HRC

mankai on October 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Quality Software Services executive Andrew Slavitt told the House committee that they did the proper testing, identified a number of problems — and gave the information back to CMS:

The problem with statements like this is that they are arbitrary. What exactly does “proper testing” mean? The system doesn’t work- something didn’t test right. But with a slew of contractors and subcontractors and the heavy hand of the White House involved, there will never be any definitive conclusion where testing broke down.

I’ve got to wonder if this ultimately replaces the Space Shuttle O-ring story as the classic business school example of groupthink.

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The Dems own this completely.

Doughboy on October 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Not if it’s the Republicans fault…do you honestly think the dems are going to take ownership of the failure?

They will take ownership that it would have been a huge success if not for the Republican’s fighting them and making it impossible to do the job they were elected to do.

You are very, very, naive…

Besides, just fix it, it’s just a tech glitch, but ObamaCare is what is important, and that is still viable…if not for some computer glitches that will be fixed, if the Republican’s don’t delay it.

right2bright on October 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Anyone else catch Larry Elder’s description of the way Democrats are going to handle today’s House Obamacare hearings on Fax & Friends this morning?
novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Do tell!

txhsmom on October 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

The disgusting political, divisive President believes that everyone thinks like he does. I’m sure the Republicans want this to work, not because they agree with it, but because their constituents are affected by it and they don’t want them hurt. Obama still hasn’t figured out he’s the President of the United States, he must believe he’s the President of the Liberal or Progressive United States because every thought in his head is about politics.

All he had to worry about, the only thing he had to worry about, after passing a law like this that has the potential to damage the whole country, is to make sure it’s implemented properly. All he thought about, apparently, was whether there would be something for the Republicans to make political hay out of. He and his advisers should be ashamed of themselves. What they’ve ended up doing is more political damage to themselves and their party, not because of Republicans, but because of their short-sightedness.

If we had a free press in this country, willing to hold them accountable, they would be more worried about doing it right than about the politics with Republicans. Just give Obama and the Democrats the same press as you give the Republicans and things will change, for the better, soon.

bflat879 on October 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Our regular Trolls, both blatant and “concerned”, have no arguments left. It is cvlear now that Cruz, Lee, Palin, West, and all those who warn of an imprending disaster, were exactly right, and the Democrats and Vichy REpublicans have egg on their faces.

I’m going to run out of popcorn before this thing is over.

kingsjester on October 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

.
If you want some sang froid to go with your morning coffee, slip on over and read the Comments on this Opinion piece over at Politico:

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/heckuva-a-job-sebelius-98761.html?ml=po_r

Either the bulk of voters are waking up to the clusterfark we have been telling them Obamacare was destined to become …

… or the number of conservatives commenting at THE Obama propaganda website has gone wildly out of proportion to normal expectations.

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

And to make matters worse, we just came out of a government shutdown which was brought on by a majority of Republicans trying to defund or delay Obamacare while the Democrat Party was united in opposition to any changes to the law. The Dems own this completely.

Doughboy on October 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

But what does the GOP do now? Do they again talk about delay- only this time it will be billed as a Dem proposal? Or do they say “we’re good” and sit back and watch the implosion?

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Having seen my share of both successful IT projects and failed ones, I can tell you that there’s more than enough blame to spread around when something goes wrong.

I can also tell you that when working with the public sector, it’s very difficult to get the people with the appropriate expertise to sit down with you and do the proper design. They all have “more important things to do” such as justifying their very existence as a cog in the machine. Also, you’re dealing with career bureaucrats who frankly aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box, and who have their own little fiefdoms to protect. You get three of those in a room each defending their own fiefdom and the meetings are disasters.

It’s my firm belief that no public sector IT project can succeed without the existence of two people. You need a top level advocate for the project on the public sector side who is very detail oriented and absolutely focused on getting the project done on time, to the exclusion of all other responsibilities. And you need a Project Manager on the developer’s side who understands the personalities of all the leaders on both teams and is capable of raising red flag issues quickly to the most appropriate person who can solve it. And these two people must communicate on a daily basis.

From what I have seen of this project, the first person appears to not exist. And while I’m sure that CGI or whoever had a person in the position I’m talking about, it’s pretty clear that that person did not do their job. Because their very first job would have been pointing out the need on the public sector side for the first person I mentioned.

Chris of Rights on October 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

It’s on live now, I love Marsha Blackburn.

Fleuries on October 24, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Here is the irony…after this is “fixed”, it will reveal another problem, the ObamaCare act itself.

It is a bigger mess than this tech problem. There are not enough doctors, not enough insurance processors, not enough of most anything to carry out this massive, fat, over reaching bureaucracy.

This is just the tip of the iceberg…There is no way a massive bill like this written by these idiots on the Hill will be any better than what we are observing now.

The implementation will be even worse as it is “rolled out” and after Pelosi’s leadership of “Just fix it” is implemented.

right2bright on October 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Besides, just fix it, it’s just a tech glitch, but ObamaCare is what is important, and that is still viable…if not for some computer glitches that will be fixed, if the Republican’s don’t delay it.

right2bright on October 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Strategy of the teflon coated? Really? Now?
B’s seriously contemplating what was offered by those terrorists, Taliban Ted and Mullah Mike. Oh it will be their fault, if they hadn’t took hostages like they did, our master would have figured out how to, well basically do what he shut the government down not to do, and get in 18.
Can’t you just blame Bush and go feed the cats?

onomo on October 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Well, this Obummercare thing is a fiasco, all right. But I’m just glad the executive branch and government contractors are not involved in systems used in our national defense! Oh, wait…

KS Rex on October 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Not if it’s the Republicans fault…do you honestly think the dems are going to take ownership of the failure?

They will take ownership that it would have been a huge success if not for the Republican’s fighting them and making it impossible to do the job they were elected to do.

You are very, very, naive…

Besides, just fix it, it’s just a tech glitch, but ObamaCare is what is important, and that is still viable…if not for some computer glitches that will be fixed, if the Republican’s don’t delay it.

right2bright on October 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

But the Dems are in a no-win scenario with the website. Either they never get it fixed which will collapse Obamacare. Or they do get it fixed which then results in sticker shock and people not signing up which will collapse Obamacare. And it’s hard to argue that the GOP sabotaged the rollout in any way considering Obama’s had 3 1/2 years and hundreds of millions of dollars for the website alone.

I’m not saying they won’t try to blame the GOP. But they’re gonna look pathetic and delusional in doing so. It would be like Bush blaming Bill Clinton for the Iraq War because he said back in the late 90′s that Saddam had WMDs.

Doughboy on October 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM

right2bright on October 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Oh right, I was not 2. Sorry for the red on red.

onomo on October 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Anyone else catch Larry Elder’s description of the way Democrats are going to handle today’s House Obamacare hearings on Fax & Friends this morning?
novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Do tell!

txhsmom on October 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

He said it was going to be a “circle jerk”! I nearly spit out a mouthful of coffee!

He used another very pithy expression in a very animated interview, but it went right out of my head when he made the “jerk” crack. Gotta find a video of that; it was classic.

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Terrible website or paper apps, all policy’s are required to cover the same mandates.Everyone not qualifying for a subsidy is just shopping for a deductible.The higher deductible the less your policy cost.If you are a man the govt has declared that to avoid getting pregnant you must have contraception coverage.No more “wrap that rascal,take your pills guys.

docflash on October 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

embarrassing failure

this is government as usual

….. only thing embarrassing is that it is on view for all to see.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I’ve got to wonder if this ultimately replaces the Space Shuttle O-ring story as the classic business school example of groupthink.

Happy Nomad on October 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM


This should be the classic story of government corruption.

If Bob Woodward would get off his knees and task somebody as ambitious as he USED to be, the WaPo would figure out:

2 + 2 = Obama = Nixon

Which would lead to documenting the link between preposterous Government funded initiatives and kickbacks to the Obama campaign.

Some “Bullet Items for Bob”:

1) What is the real reason for NO ONE ever being held accountable for FAILURE in the Obama Administration? Is Kathleen Sebelius completely deranged, Bob – thinking this huge of a meltdown woud somehow be IGNORED? – Or was she confident that she knows too much to ever be held accountable? You know, like ALL of the IRS personnel so far.

2) Life has gotten more expensive but some things defy casual belief. The Solyndra manufacturing plant that cost $ 733 million and was built in less than 2 years – just one little problem, it cost TWICE as much as it should have even on that ridiculously short of a timeline. (I used to work on these types of facilities, Bob – you’re resourceful ask around) How MUCH of that money was siphoned off by organized crime connected unions and how MUCH of it was funneled into the Obama 2012 campaign by one of his political backers that OWNED Solyndra?

3) Washington is USED to ridiculous price tags – but come, BOB! The Obama Administration paid $ 634 million for a website that would get laughed off of the Internet if somebody put it up on GoDaddy? After hiring the firm FIRED for failing in Canada? One thing about Canada – it is dirt simple to move money aross the border in BOTH directions, especially with the right government connections. Why not ask Jeff Bezos how much the HealthCare.gov website should have cost, Bob?

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

He said it was going to be a “circle jerk”! I nearly spit out a mouthful of coffee!

He used another very pithy expression in a very animated interview, but it went right out of my head when he made the “jerk” crack. Gotta find a video of that; it was classic.

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

i head it too…did a doubletake…urban dictionary confirmed the imagery

gracie on October 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

i head it too

oops, freudian slip …heard

gracie on October 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

gracie on October 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Not yet 6 am out there on the Left Coast when he did that interview. He was very animated, maybe a little too much coffee? In any case, I’m sure a Fox producer is going to have a little talk with him about that particular expression.

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I remember when handing out closed door, no bid contracts to favored interests was a human rights crime worthy of a trial in the Hague.

Except that when Dubya did it the contracts went to companies who actually had proven expertise in their fields.

Remember those good times, lefties? Lefties? LEFTIES! Hey, where have you guys been the last few days….helloooooo….hello?

Bishop on October 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

He said it was going to be a “circle jerk”! I nearly spit out a mouthful of coffee!

He used another very pithy expression in a very animated interview, but it went right out of my head when he made the “jerk” crack. Gotta find a video of that; it was classic.

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

i head it too…did a doubletake…urban dictionary confirmed the imagery

gracie on October 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on October 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

My response over at Politico:

Why is the liberal media just now getting around to mentioning maybe the govt isn’t the best way to deliver health care?

Why are the defenders here so hell bent on attacking a part of our government that is tasked with over-sight, when they should be asking how and why, (after three years and $600 million dollars later), could this roll-out be so pathetically inept? If only the introduction of a government-produced website is fraught with failure, what does that say about how the whole program will be run? Sadly, the vision of the liberal socialist ideology of a central government operating the health insurance industry is turning out to be a much bigger task than this current government ever imagined. Yet, the results are not really that surprising as this whole program falls on its face, leaving the working taxpayer to again pick up the tab. Only this time YOUR GOVERNMENT will be asking for TRILLIONS IN NEW TAXES, not a few billion tomorrow, and a few hundred billion later. Add this new tax to the burden of a mandated cost to purchase a product few want to buy, (and calculating that the price will certainly rise each preceding year), reality will set in that there is no free market competition when the insurers insist that the government set these high prices to sustain their profit margins—which will further drive the participation rate downward.

ACA was built to fail—as written and passed by the Democratic Party, and signed into law by President Obama. Only the decision of Justice Roberts to re-write the law and call it a tax, prevented it from being completely unconstitutional—to force the public to purchase a product which millions do not need, and more can not afford. Meanwhile the deteriorating jobs picture across the nation is another whole debate. A poorly developed website is the least of our problems.

Of course, the libs are blaming the Tea Party.

Rovin on October 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

OK, I just heard back from Elder on Twitter. He says he doesn’t drink coffee, so can’t blame the gritty imagery on that.

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM

This administration can be summed up: Garbage in, Garbage out.

Jaibones on October 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I want my information deleted from the original site.

Grrr and face palm… aimed at my better half who thought it would be interesting to ultimately find out that if we switched to Obamascare we’d triple our deductable and double our already high premiums.

Grrr…

Will some Congress Critter ask them to wipe the info clean before I find out that some Russian scammer, Chinese hacker or Nigerian prince is using it to get credit cards in my name?

Fallon on October 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

How did the repubs cause the disaster?

Why, all the negative waves they were generating put a severe harsh on the software coder’s karma.

BobMbx on October 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Fallon on October 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I’ve believed all along the evidence was that one of the goals of the Obamacare process was to create a gigantic personal data mining op. So I wasn’t surprised that they forced people to register with their personal info before they could do anything else, or that there was no “delete” button or process to remove personal info once submitted. They could have had shoppers provide financial status info without providing personal identifiers if they wanted to make sure people saw the subsidy before they saw the prices, or deducted the estimated subsidy from the plan prices just as easily. But that wouldn’t have served their purposes.

I’ve repeatedly recommended people refuse to sign up, and the data-mining and lack of security for applicant’s information were two of the reasons.

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I have not seen a single troll in over a week here on HA. What ever is going on? Can they all be sick at the same time?

Johnnyreb on October 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

They sure can, especially if they’re all one person anyway…

bofh on October 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I have not seen a single troll in over a week here on HA. What ever is going on? Can they all be sick at the same time?

Johnnyreb on October 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Maybe, their checks were delayed because of “the shutdown”?

No paycheck, no workie.

Fallon on October 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

It’s a liberal circular firing squad! They had to write the code so that they could find out what was in it.

cajunpatriot on October 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

How did the repubs cause the disaster?

Why, all the negative waves they were generating put a severe harsh on the software coder’s karma.

BobMbx on October 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM


YEARGGGHHH!!!
^^^^^^^^ Thread Winner!

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Yeah, I knew that but someone *ahem – hubby* entered my info…

I’m doomed.

Fallon on October 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

So the contractors who LIED before are going to be asked to testify again?

GarandFan on October 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I have not seen a single troll in over a week here on HA. What ever is going on? Can they all be sick at the same time?

Johnnyreb on October 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Maybe, their checks were delayed because of “the shutdown”?

No paycheck, no workie.

Fallon on October 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Blizzards in Canada?

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Fallon on October 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Yeah, it’s too late now. But on the bright side, you can hold this over his head and repeatedly pummel him with it going forward, every time he want to do something stupid.

“Just remember that Obamacare sign-up. I warned you, but you went and did it anyway. How did that work out?”

novaculus on October 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Report: Obama Regime Has Spent Over $1 BILLION On Obamacare…

Via The Hill:

A surge in government spending in the six months before the ObamaCare exchanges went live pushed federal spending to top government contractors over the $1 billion mark, a new study finds.

According to the report released Thursday by Bloomberg Government analyst Peter Gosselin, federal spending ramped up in the months leading up to Oct. 1, with $352 million of the $1 billion in federal contracts to the top 10 ObamaCare contractors awarded during this time.

“In a typical IT project, spending ramps up to a peak, then trails off during the final phase,” Gosselin wrote.

The price tag usually associated the Affordable Care Act rollout is $394 million, based on a Government Accountability Office report. Gosselin argued that study was too narrowly focused, so he expanded his search of a federal contractor databases to include all awards where the acronym “ACA” or other related words and phrases appeared.

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

What the Republicans need to do is figure out exactly which people (government or private contractors ) are absolutely essential to getting the website fixed, and keep them bottled up testifying before Congress. Make them spend all their time covering their asses so they cannot help repair the thing.

IndyinVirginny on October 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Speaking of accountability glitches… why is the embedded video on this page auto playing an AP video about Cyberbullying? Oh, now it’s running a Fox Sports interview with some chick. Now it’s a Bloomberg Report video… I’m running Do Not Track and Ad Block Plus.

I can longer view this site on my wife’s Barnes & Noble Nook – too many unsolicited commercial videos popping up – and there’s not an Android app to block them. Anytime I refresh the page, or go from comment page 2 back to comment page 1 – I have to watch the damn commercials all over again.

Hill60 on October 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM

For Chist’s sake, this hearing is just so pathetic. The only question should be “how did you manage to f4ck up such a simple application?”

This is not rocket science:

A few years ago my wife wanted an ecommerce website. She did all of the graphic design work and it was my job to make it all work. I had to build four separate data bases, link them all together, link the credit card gateway, and build the customer portal including registration and such. I had never done this before, so it took me about two weeks to get it up and running. (I’m a doctor, not a computer IT guy.) If it didn’t work I would have faced the wrath of my wife, much more severe than the “wrath” of a dipsh1t congressional “investigation” committee.

These people are just soooooo pathetic, both the website “experts” and the idiot congress critters asking “questions”.

NOMOBO on October 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

This administration can be summed up: Garbage. in, Garbage out.

Jaibones on October 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

You could have stopped right there. I think that one word sums them up all by itself.

Oldnuke on October 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

How much of that was extorted by Sebelius when she was hitting up the health care industry for “donations”?

Hill60 on October 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I can longer view this site on my wife’s Barnes & Noble Nook –

Hill60 on October 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Do an EMMC root on the Nook, and install CyanogenMod. Then get a copy of AdAway. Also, use Dolphin Browser and not the stock browser.

NOMOBO on October 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Prognosis – good

Patient – dead

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

This came out at the hearings. I’ve also posted it on more above active threads.

Hidden in ObamaCare Site: Applicants Surrender Right to Privacy

During Thursday’s congressional hearing with the contractors responsible for building the troubled ObamaCare federal exchanges, we learned that whether you end up enrolling in ObamaCare or not, no one who puts any information into the ObamaCare website can expect to have their privacy protected. Moreover, the fact that you are giving up your right to privacy is hidden in source code that reads, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication of any data transmitted or stored on this information system.”

During his questioning on this specific issue, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) only received chilling answers and deflections from the primary contractor responsible for the site. When he asked Cheryl Campbell of CGI about it, her icy response was that another contractor was responsible. After some pressuring, she finally admitted that she was aware of the hidden source code.

Just a few minutes earlier, however, Ms. Campbell testified under oath that the ObamaCare website is HIPAA compliant — meaning everyone’s medical and personal information is protected by law. The privacy section on the ObamaCare website says your privacy will be protected. The hidden source code seems to say, “just kidding.”

INC on October 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Hot Air management:

PLEASE stop the G… D…, Frackin’, auto-start ads (with raised volume of annoying announcer)!!

Jeeez. Might as well get my news and watch CNN ads.

(And I’m using AdBlock Plus)

fred5678 on October 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Do an EMMC root on the Nook, and install CyanogenMod. Then get a copy of AdAway. Also, use Dolphin Browser and not the stock browser.

NOMOBO on October 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Sweet. The CyanogenMod runs on the miro SD card – right? It’ll boot from that if I have it inserted?

Hill60 on October 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Report: Obama Regime Has Spent Over $1 BILLION On Obamacare…

Via The Hill:

A surge in government spending in the six months before the ObamaCare exchanges went live pushed federal spending to top government contractors over the $1 billion mark, a new study finds.

According to the report released Thursday by Bloomberg Government analyst Peter Gosselin, federal spending ramped up in the months leading up to Oct. 1, with $352 million of the $1 billion in federal contracts to the top 10 ObamaCare contractors awarded during this time.

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Maybe the point of Obamacare wasn’t just moving to Single-Payer; based on past events, a big part of Obama’s MO is moving money into the pockets of his friends.
Maybe the PPACA was just a scam from the get-go, because it’s being operated like a giant slush-fund with repeated blank checks drawn on the Treausury (was all this spending hard-wired into the law, as some of the “un-defunders” have claimed is the case for much of its funding)?

AesopFan on October 25, 2013 at 12:47 AM