WH dumps CGI Federal over Healthcare.gov disaster

posted at 11:59 am on January 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this a bit of a mixed message. The Obama administration has insisted for the last two months that the problems with Healthcare.gov have largely been resolved, and that the web portal is now working within acceptable parameters. Now, however, they’re canning the company that delivered the mess and supposedly fixed it, for not fixing it:

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. …

At the start of December, administration officials announced that the Web site was largely working for consumers who wanted to enroll in health plans. But the site continues to malfunction in other ways. For instance, it is not yet able to automatically enroll people eligible for Medicaid in states’ programs, compute exact amounts to be sent to insurers for their customers’ federal subsidies, and tabulate precisely how many consumers have paid for their insurance premiums and are therefore actually covered.

According to officials familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision is not yet public, leaders of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — which oversees the online marketplace — became frustrated with the pace and quality of CGI’s work on the repairs. As federal officials and contractors have been trying to fix various aspects of the Web site in the past few months, about half of the new software code the company has written has failed on the first try, according to internal federal information.

In other words, it’s not fixed, and the people who brought us the big faceplant can’t handle the job at all. Instead, the administration will hire Accenture, a firm that has not done any work on a federal health-care system, to fix CGI Federal’s mess. And they will get paid $90 million to do so, which will boost the overall cost of the failing portal even more.

This fits very well with Democrat attempts to palm off the failure onto contractors. However, this should intensify scrutiny on HHS and the White House, not allow it to subside. Why didn’t the administration keep a close eye on the project, which was only the central policy achievement of the Obama presidency? How did CGI Federal’s failures go so long undetected by the administrators of ObamaCare?  And now, we can add to those questions some new ones about why the White House didn’t bring in new contractors immediately when it became apparent that CGI Federal was too incompetent to fix its own work — even when the White House appointed Jeffrey Zients as the “rescue czar.”

And why did they announce more than a month ago that all was well?

CGI Federal should only be the start. Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?


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At some point my cronies (moochelles) have made enough!

tim c on January 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM

CGI is out, but Kathleen Sebelius remains employed at taxpayer expense.

Bitter Clinger on January 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

I’m no computer programmer, but from what I understand, bringing in a new team to fix what someone else did just adds a lot of time to the process. Then again, if CGI was wholly incapable of fixing the problem, I guess it had to be done (or, maybe just repeal the law? just a though). But, shouldn’t someone in the administration have been able to figure out that CGI was not up to the task? There was plenty of evidence to that fact, after all.

besser tot als rot on January 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

So “not renewing” is what’s happening?
 
The contract had terms, right? How much are they returning for failure to meet the terms?

rogerb on January 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Michelle obama hardest hit…NOT…those bulges…are not her upper legs…those are her pockets, full of payback dough.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Why were they given the contract in the first place? They were an utter failure before. See Canada.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM

What I really need to do is get a friend of mine to become President so that I can start some sham company and become an instant billionaire. It’s the American way! I think we’ve replace the hard work American dream with the crony capitalism American dream. Thank you big government!!!

besser tot als rot on January 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

CGI Federal should only be the start. Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

Because incompetence gets rewarded by these thugs. Examples abound.

The foxes will be in charge of auditing the IRS hens.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

NOW bring them in to testify.

Ronnie on January 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

If this all would have happened within a couple of weeks form the disaster of a launch they just might have gotten away with it.

Just up and said hey we messed up and hired someone who couldn’t handle the job, but by golly, we are going to fire them and get it fixed right quick. In the meantime we are going to delay the whole thing until it is working like it is supposed to. People might have believed them at that point.

Now it looks like childish finger pointing and playing the it wasn’t me blame game.

Johnnyreb on January 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM

where are we getting this money?

yeah

cmsinaz on January 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM

From what are the obamas waaaaaaay richer since he’s been the pajama-president?

Answer this? What have any of them produced since? Except big fat bank accounts for themselves…

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

CGI is out, but Kathleen Sebelius remains employed at taxpayer expense.

Bitter Clinger on January 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

and yet the ‘culture of christie’ is horrendous and ‘culture of obama’ is hunky dory….

cmsinaz on January 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I also read recently that the WH is stonewalling Congress’ request for how they are “funding” all this website IT mess fixes.

SOS/different day.

or

A day late and a dollar short.

esh

CoffeeLover on January 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

$90 mil to Accenture sounds too low whatever they are hired to do. And isn’t there a company out there with some relevant experience to hire?

JAW on January 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

NOW bring them in to testify.

Ronnie on January 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I see the people at CGI Federal that took the money, probably
won’t be around to testify, if you know what I mean?

redguy on January 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Scapegoat found.

Yet, strangely, there will be no consequences to the people who hired the company and were supposed to be managing them.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Chris Christie! Lane closures!! Squirrel!!!

SacredFire on January 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

Because then there wouldn’t be anyone left?

SAZMD on January 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

What I really need to do is get a friend of mine to become President so that I can start some sham company and become an instant billionaire. It’s the American way! I think we’ve replace the hard work American dream with the crony capitalism American dream. Thank you big government!!!

besser tot als rot on January 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The tricky part, of course, is getting a friend of yours elected president. After that, you’re golden!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

$90 mil to Accenture sounds too low whatever they are hired to do. And isn’t there a company out there with some relevant experience to hire?

JAW on January 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Yes, but they are too smart to get involved in Obama’s mess……

Full repeal – stop flushing tax payer money down the toilet.

redguy on January 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

Because it’s not incompetence, but planned unusefulness.

Steve Eggleston on January 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I guess the “friends of Obama” have pillaged the treasury as much as they can so we can move on and get down to business. Sort of like the stimulus and TARP – after rewarding their supporters they came back for more money so they could actually do what they said they were going to do in the first place.

The debt ceiling will probably start receding once the Jeffersons Obamas are out of office.

iamsaved on January 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM

“All part of the plan!”-Colonel Cathcart

onomo on January 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

The contract had terms, right? How much are they returning for failure to meet the terms?

rogerb on January 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Maybe this serves to take the spotlight off CGI and Mooch: Without continuing negative publicity, there’s no political impetus to clawback the wasted money.

Tsar of Earth on January 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

CGI Federal should only be the start. Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

That’s why government should stick to governing….there’s no incentive to do a good job in something like this…endless $$ and no fear of losing your job.

Really wondering if anyone at this CGI outfit got fired. Kind of doubt it. They got paid…who cares if it works or not.

BigWyo on January 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

And how many ‘fixes’ have been on the fly and not made it back into the source code repository, which will be the source of anything a new company will have to start with.

Maybe users will not notice the transition as it already does not work very well. Another ‘glitch’ will not make a difference.

TerryW on January 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

$90 mil to Accenture sounds too low whatever they are hired to do. And isn’t there a company out there with some relevant experience to hire?

JAW on January 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Even if I owned a Company that had the experience and people to fix this mess, I would not take the job.

Way too many chances to have the Fed screw you over on constantly morphing requirements resulting from incompetence, Federal overreach and extremely poor planning. And entirely too much potential for extremely bad publicity.

Johnnyreb on January 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

BTW, hiring a new company to fix the problems left by the old company has just added about six months to the fix, while the new company gets up to speed on the code base and how it works.

That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad decision. CGI looks to have been spectacularly incompetent, and it may be better to just let them go. But there will be no quick fixes.

Oh, and just because I must:

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(Again, h/t to NotCoach for a comment good enough to steal)

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

Because if you fired everybody involved who was incompetent, there wouldn’t be anybody left to answer the phones. Mark my words, the IT people involved with this are going to indicate “unemployed” on their resumes before admitting to have had anything to do with the Healthcare.gov debacle.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

The contract had terms, right? How much are they returning for failure to meet the terms?

rogerb on January 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Wasn’t it a ‘no bid’ contract? Just guessing the terms were anything CGI wanted them to be.

BigWyo on January 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

$90 mil to Accenture sounds too low whatever they are hired to do. And isn’t there a company out there with some relevant experience to hire?

JAW on January 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

That doesn’t sound low to me, but I’m sure it’s just the starting price with all sorts of add-ons to be uncovered in the years to come. In fact, I just wonder how much Accenture executives/board members gave to Obama, his campaign or his various affiliated entities over the years. You know there’s a reason they were hired and it has nothing to do with experience or competence.

TXUS on January 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

To prevent the wind from blowing through the hallways.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

Because Obama is the problem and nothing gets better until we flush him and his minions from the White House.

HotAirian on January 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Chris of Rights on January 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Instead, the administration will hire Accenture, a firm that has not done any work on a federal health-care system, to fix CGI Federal’s mess.

It’s like bringing in a new contractor to finish a house remodeling project because the original contractor is inept or otherwise unable to finish the job. It never turns out well without a whole lot of extra money and essentially starting from scratch. In this case, the home page may look the same but by the time it is over, the programming will be all brand new.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Instead, the administration will hire Accenture, a firm that has not done any work on a federal health-care system

$90 Million?

So how much did Accenture contribute to the Obama campaign?

GarandFan on January 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

NOW bring them in to testify.

Ronnie on January 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

In an election year? Fuggedabowdit! Repubs would never do that to their buddy in the WH, would they?

DublOh7 on January 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

As a software-as-service vendor – I can tell you that the kinds of changes that the government requested of CGI so close to go-live dates are the kind of “nightmare clients” that we have to deal with from time to time. The single biggest challenge to a successful go-live date is too much client involvement and poor project management.

No expectations management, shifting deliverable dates and requirements, finger pointing… yeah…

I feel bad for CGI.

Defenestratus on January 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

This was a no bid contract, specifically directed to CGI Federal.

Letting them off the hook, after paying the company hundreds of millions of dollars, isnt the right approach towards working in the public interest. Subpoenas should be flowing like waves on the beach.

MTF on January 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day…
 
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

 
(Again, h/t to NotCoach for a comment good enough to steal)
 
There Goes the Neighborhood on January 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

 
Apparently a mystery person posts with his account, so that might have been the other verbaluce.

rogerb on January 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Health Abortioncare:

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“Based on the experience with the ban that has long been imposed on women who qualify for Medicaid, we know that one in four low-income women who seek an abortion are forced to carry a pregnancy to term due to lack of coverage and cost.” [Emphasis added]

http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/abortion-care-costs-more-their-monthly-rent-professor-testifies

davidk on January 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

Because then there wouldn’t be anyone left?

Or perhaps HHS is the most competent department in the O-ministration? Regardless of the situation – someone is the tallest midget.

NeoDawg on January 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

It’s only $90 million on top of the $700 million already pissed away.

Fast approaching a cool $1 billion, how many of those “under insured” could have been given coverage for a billion clams.

Bishop on January 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I feel bad for CGI.

Defenestratus on January 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I’m saving my sympathy for those who are forced to go to the PlaceboCare exchanges AND who didn’t vote for Teh SCOAMT and the down-ticket Rats in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Steve Eggleston on January 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

If we had an actual functioning media instead of a DNC/Obama cheerleading squad, someone might do some digging to see how many senior level executives at Accenture have close ties and/or substantial donation histories to the Dems and OFA. Of course, since we don’t, we’ll hear nothing.

Gator Country on January 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I’m no computer programmer, but from what I understand, bringing in a new team to fix what someone else did just adds a lot of time to the process.

besser tot als rot on January 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM

It’s like bringing in a new contractor to finish a house remodeling project because the original contractor is inept or otherwise unable to finish the job. It never turns out well without a whole lot of extra money and essentially starting from scratch.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Generally, in my experience, the second contractor coming in will find themselves in a position where they will attempt to re-write as much of the original code as possible. It’s more work / money for them – and makes it far easier for them to support something that they’ve done as supposed to something another firm has done.

Let’s also not forget that about there remains a sizable (~25%) amount of the back-end of the system that is either under construction or needs to be constructed. Accenture will be the one picking this up – and I will bet (based on past experience) that they will want to significantly rewrite this.

On top of the challenges, are the architectural problems with Healthcare.gov, the state exchanges, and the data flows to other government agencies (IRS) and the private insurance companies. To really ‘fix’ the system, these architectural problems have to be addressed – and that will require programming changes which will be used by Accenture to justify additional programming efforts.

The $600B+ already spent is lost. The Feds will not push CGI Federal for a refund because if it goes to litigation, CGI Federal will demonstrate the fecklessness and incompetence of the HHS / CMS management and oversight and lay the blame there. Obama doesn’t care about the wasted $600B – he wants the political optics to change so he will spend whatever it needs to change the optics of Obamacare.

Athos on January 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Now, however, they’re canning the company that delivered the mess and supposedly fixed it, for not fixing it:

Internal consistency has never been a hallmark of the Obama Presidency…

Let’s just be real here, Obama (like a lot of modern presidents) is just a dictator with a “sell-by” date. The modern Presidency would be anathema to our Founding Fathers.

powerpickle on January 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Generally, in my experience, the second contractor coming in will find themselves in a position where they will attempt to re-write as much of the original code as possible. It’s more work / money for them – and makes it far easier for them to support something that they’ve done as supposed to something another firm has done.

Athos on January 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Agreed. In the world of software development, trying to decipher and understand another person’s code can be damn near impossible. Better to practically start from the ground up…..this is why it was so critical to get the right people on the job from the get-go….

powerpickle on January 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

OT: Dem Senator skips out on UI vote to go to Hawaii

ConservativePartyNow on January 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

CGI just lost a big contract, so they’ll have to lay off a bunch of programmers and managers.

Accenture just won a big contract, so they’ll have to hire a bunch of programmers and managers…

jt on January 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Michelle Obama hardest hit.

oldroy on January 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Better question–how long before CGI starts defending its work so that everyone knows what actually happened? This portal can’t be that hard to create given current technology, unless CGI literally should not be in the programming business at all.

Conservative in NOVA on January 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Accenture? Now we’re going to have a bunch of H1B visa holders working on the web site.

sadatoni on January 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

It’s only $90 million on top of the $700 million already pissed away.
 
Fast approaching a cool $1 billion, how many of those “under insured” could have been given coverage for a billion clams.
 
Bishop on January 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM

 
Posted originally at Ace’s:
 

Ongoing Federal “stimulus” spending per year = $700B+
 
$700B+ / ~320,000,000 people = ~$2,200/yr/person.
 
$2,200 / 12 months = $180/mo/person. (that includes illegals, uninsured, transient tourists, etc. i.e. every “warm body”)
 
$180/mo could pay for basic catastrophic and (genuine) emergency treatment for every warm body in the US, and NOT require huge bureaucracy or expensive non-functional web sites to accomplish

rogerb on January 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

A BILLION dollars to build a website and it still doesn’t work.

Better still, these are the people who have now forced themselves between us, and our doctors.

KMC1 on January 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Athos on January 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

And where, pray tell, is said money coming from? Doesn’t Congress have to appropriate money? (Rhetorical question, I suppose)

tngmv on January 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Answer to exit question: “Why hasn’t anyone … been fired for incompetence?”

EVERYONE INVOLVED is incompetent (including those who would otherwise do the firing)!

bushhog on January 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Carney just told the press that Dog Eater will be very mad about this extra money being spent when he reads about it next Tuesday.

Bishop on January 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

The $600B+ already spent is lost. The Feds will not push CGI Federal for a refund because if it goes to litigation, CGI Federal will demonstrate the fecklessness and incompetence of the HHS / CMS management and oversight and lay the blame there. Obama doesn’t care about the wasted $600B – he wants the political optics to change so he will spend whatever it needs to change the optics of Obamacare.

Athos on January 10, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I’m okay with CGI keeping the money they’ve stolen under one condition. The disclosure of the name of who approved no-bid on a $600M contract for IT services.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Demand a refund, or at least a partial refund.

MisterElephant on January 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

What are the penalties in the CGI contract? Sunshine needed here!!! $90 million more? So glad WE can afford it!!!!

ultracon on January 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

And where, pray tell, is said money coming from? Doesn’t Congress have to appropriate money? (Rhetorical question, I suppose)

tngmv on January 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

That’s where Dingy Harry comes in with the spending black hole also known as an Omnibus Temporary Spending Authorization. Billions can be buried within a bill no one on the Hill will read before voting on to cover additional spending.

On top of this, it’s already an established precedent by the Obama Executive Branch to transfer funds from one agency to another in order to fund Obamacare components and efforts. Not one challenge from Congress either when the Administration moved funds between the IRS and HHS.

Finally, as far as the Obama / Reid are concerned, it’s immaterial as to where the money comes from – either increased taxes or the Fed printing presses (QE5 anyone?). ACA was never designed or intended to address healthcare issues…it’s all about expanding the government power and control over 1/6th of the national economy and massively increasing wealth redistribution. To achieve this, the progressives will spend as much as is needed because the ‘ends justifies the means’.

Athos on January 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Why were they given the contract in the first place? They were an utter failure before. See Canada.

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM

One of their executives is a former classmate of Big Mooch. This move is going to make class reunions a bit uncomfortable for her.

Kafir on January 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I’m okay with CGI keeping the money they’ve stolen under one condition. The disclosure of the name of who approved no-bid on a $600M contract for IT services.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

That will never be released. If they did, CGI Federal or its parent company would never see another Federal or State government contract. The progressives in the Executive Branch / Congress / State Legislatures would block them in retribution over a disclosure which would result in a major embarrassment / black-eye to the Obama Administration.

But I do agree with you. It makes one wonder just how corrupt this was if they are willing to lose most of the $600B spent just to keep things quiet. [Whatever happened to investigative journalism? /rhetorical]

Athos on January 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

And why did they announce more than a month ago that all was well?

Because Joe Wilson was right.

ITguy on January 10, 2014 at 1:17 PM

$90 mil to Accenture sounds too low whatever they are hired to do. And isn’t there a company out there with some relevant experience to hire?

JAW on January 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Accenture is involved in the development of California’s exchange. However, you’re right that the money seems low for Accenture. Perhaps they low-balled since it is a fix instead of building from the ground up.

Kafir on January 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I’m okay with CGI keeping the money they’ve stolen under one condition. The disclosure of the name of who approved no-bid on a $600M contract for IT services.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Gees, how in the world is a contract of that size issued without tons of documentation as to a sole source contract justification? Surely our government has procurement rules and standards or has Obama made those classified? We actually are in worse shape than a third rate banana republic.

whbates on January 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

And where is the rest of the news———???

Did CGI get paid the whole contract???
What is going to keep CGI from suing over the contract????
What no one in Government did anything wrong???

Just wait this mess gets deeper.

jpcpt03 on January 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Instead, the administration will hire Accenture, a firm that has not done any work on a federal health-care system

GarandFan on January 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Oh, that doesn’t really matter now… Accenture is the old IT consulting arm from Andersen Consulting. If there’s one thing they know how to do it’s bloat project schedules, charge premium money for entry-level developers, and suck as much money as possible out of the client just before bailing on a failed project. And for some strange reason, they prefer government work! Years ago I remember seeing some project stats of major IT vendors where they completed less than 5% of their projects on time and on budget that satisfied the requirements.

They’re perfect for this administration, and this project!

(I only wish I were joking.)

dominigan on January 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM

CGI Federal should only be the start. Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

CGI is NOT the program manager. Normally there will be a lawsuit but as long as they get paid it won’t happen. Bringing in Accenture whill only change the head office. Most of the former CGI programmers will now receive their checks from Accenture. This is just kabuki to show oboobie is kicking ass.

AH_C on January 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Accenture is a very good company but they won’t get it to work, either. Why? They’re used to the private sector where people are held accountable and heads roll for massive failures (like, O’care). They better have a very tight contract b/c this democrat administration will have no problem throwing them under the bus for whatever reason.

Why wasn’t CGI fined or something?

Finally, personally, I think Accenture was wrong to take this contract. NO ONE should bid on any of it. While the Dems may think the health insurance ripoff (O care) is fixable, I doubt it. And if Accenture fails, then the Dems can say, “OK, solution is single payer and we just scrap this $650,000,000 project and put it in the dustbin.”

MN J on January 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

They’re used to the private sector where people are held accountable and heads roll for massive failures (like, O’care). They better have a very tight contract b/c this democrat administration will have no problem throwing them under the bus for whatever reason.

MN J on January 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Accenture does have experience working in the public sector, and also has a large insurance industry consulting practice.

This Administration has done little to toss CGI Federal or any of the other consulting organizations tasked with the Healthcare.gov debacle under the bus. They know that doing so opens them up for exposure of their incompetence, mendacity, and fecklessness. (Just today, Issa is talking about going after Sebelius for perjury. Of course, with Issa and the GOP House Leadership, the question is if they will finally follow through on those threats. They haven’t despite Holder, Clapper, etc).

What the Administration is doing is defining the optics of them ‘doing something’ to fix this debacle – without really doing anything to fix what was never intended to solve the challenges faced within the healthcare industry. It’s just spending more billions to buy time and muddy the waters.

There is little downside for Accenture taking this deal – and they will rake in billions in fees. That’s all that they are interested in.

Athos on January 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I have a suspicion that this administration will just hire the same incompetent culprits under another name to continue shoveling money to them.

yenober on January 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM

We taxpayers demand a refund from the company for their failures. Where is the performance bond? No more money for the website from hard working taxpayers.

Amazingoly on January 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Why hasn’t anyone inside the administration been fired for incompetence?

If you started doing that you wouldn’t be able to stop.

sandbagger on January 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

The wealth transfer for that component was complete.

Murphy9 on January 10, 2014 at 3:15 PM

So they have finally decided to fire these @$$-clowns?!

They never mention they should never have HIRED them to begin with!

- Obama fails to mention how he promised to end ‘no bid’ contracts if elected. He fails to mention he gave CGI Federal a HUGE ‘No Bid’ Contract to build the Obamacare site.

- He never mentioned how Canada had hired them to build their health care web site…and ended up FIRING THEM becuase of their complete incompetence, for missing deadlines, and horrible product…something ANYONE would have known if they had done the slightest bit of digging into their history…

- Of course he never mentioned that the guy in charge of this company is an old school pal of his wife, Michelle Obama!

Anyone remeber the BILLIONS of tax-payer dollars the Obama administration doled out to 13 ‘Green Energy’ companies AS they went bankrupt so that his big-time donors who had money invested in these ‘dogs’ would not lose any of THEIR money. yup, that’s right, our tax dollars were used to protect Obama donors from financial losses from their investments into these Green Energy companies that went belly up. Americans got $crewed while Obama friends & donors made money – tax-payer funded money.

Now it turns out CGI Federal was just another case of Obama $crewing the American people to help Obama friends make money!

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

One of my questions is WHEN WILL SEBILIUS BE FIRED, OR MORE APPROPRIATELY, BE SENT TO JAIL?

Not only did she perpetrate a Felony Count of PERJURY (like Holder) before Congress, but it has been proven that she extorted money from several of the companies she was in charge of ‘over-seeing’ & used that money – spent it – on Obamacare / the web site. According to the Constitution / Law, the US Government can ONLY SPEND money collected in taxes!

Anyone remember the deck of playing cards that had the pictures of America’s Iraqi enemies on them (Hussein, etc)?! I think there are enough Obama adminstration personnel, past and present, that should / could be fired and/or sent to jail that could fill a deck of cards:

King: Obama
Queen: Hillary
Jack: Holder
Joker: Carney
Ten: Nepolitano
Nine: Sebelius
Eight: etc…..

easyt65 on January 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

WH dumps CGI Federal over Healthcare.gov disaster

This firing of Michelle Obama’s college classmate, an executive at CGI, neatly explains Michelle’s staying in Hawaii while Barack goes home to DC alone.

RJL on January 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM

CGI Federal failed miserably at trying to create a gun registration database in Canada – why would this administration ever consider giving them the contract? Oh yeh, the Michelle and Valerie connections. Never mind. Business as usual.

Hill60 on January 10, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I feel bad for CGI.

Defenestratus on January 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I don’t.

They freely chose to do a swan dive into that sewage pit.

And they were paid very well for doing so.

SubmarineDoc on January 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

WH dumps CGI Federal over Healthcare.gov disaster

BFD. The $450 million political slush fund has already gone down the toilet to Obama’s cronies.

BOHICA, tax payers!

I despise this administration.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

There went 700 million down the drain.

The clown sure know how to blow big money.

dogsoldier on January 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM