We previously discussed the gross negligence exhibited in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) rollout and how there appeared little accountability for such failures even when they cost hundreds of millions.(For a column, click here). Now it turns out that, after costing the country a fortune due to this shoddy work, the IRS has reportedly awarded the company yet another contract to do work on . . . you guessed it, Obamacare.
So it was only in January 2014 that Administration insisted that it had dumped the company despite CGI Federal’s connections to fundraising for the Obama campaign and personal connection to the First Lady (Toni Townes-Whitley, a senior vice president at CGI Federal, was a Princeton classmate and friend of First Lady Michelle Obama). The IRS contract is worth $4.46 million and will expire in Aug. 15, 2015. At the time, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress that the CGI-designed website a “debacle” and “I am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov.” As I stated earlier, I still am mystified how Sebelius was not fired. However, if CGI is any example, she can now hope to be made Vice President or better.
Now the Administration has awarded an IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program. Wouldn’t the greatest failure in a federal contract weighed slightly against the awarding of the contract?
That seemed to be an issue with Vermont and Massachusetts which dumped the company last year.
However, CGI’s 2014 annual report reportedly omits its role in the prior disastrous rollout.