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Those tuning in last week to hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee witnessed a spectacle of fatuity and evasion from CGI Federal Inc., the outfit responsible for healthcare.gov. CGI boss Cheryl Campbell could not explain why the website does not work as advertised. It did not emerge that CGI Federal Inc. has bungled much more than healthcare.
As the Daily Caller notes, the federal government has hired CGI to distribute $1.7 in hurricane relief for Hurricane Sandy. So a year after Sandy struck, how is CGI Federal doing? Only $700 million of the $60 billion federal aid package, a paltry 1.2 percent, has been given to victims, and most of the 24,000 families requesting aid have yet to receive a penny. So who is CGI Federal Inc., anyway?
As the Washington Post noted, this outfit is a wholly owned subsidiary of a Canadian company, the CGI Group, Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique. Founder Serge Godin is a billionaire, but what is CGI’s record? CGI botched a medical registry for diabetes patients so badly that the Ontario government dropped its contract. That proved no obstacle to hiring CGI to work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, under the Health and Human Services Department, to develop the Obamacare website. So why doesn’t the site work?
“If there was a silver bullet to answer that question, I’d give it to you,” said CGI vice president Cheryl Campbell. Neither did she know any of the “best and brightest” the president said would now step in to fix everything. But that may not be possible, according to committee member Bill Johnson, who conducted major IT projects for the Department of Defense and in the private sector. Johnson said that the problems were not mere glitches but “major failures” that can’t be fixed at this point.
If you order two eggs over medium and they bring you scrambled eggs, he said, “you can’t add enough cooks or money to turn those scrambled eggs into over medium eggs.” So the whole thing, he said, has to be scrapped. But that is not likely.
The administration is too busy abusing the populace by imposing a half-baked system they did not order in the first place, administered by buck-passing bureaucrats and a company that doesn’t even know why it failed. They all kept their high-paying jobs, but government bosses did fire Earline Davis, an Obamacare telephone operator, for talking to a reporter.