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Obama-Care Site Tested One Week Before Roll Out

From the Washington Examiner:

Troubled Obamacare website wasn’t tested until a week before launch

By RICHARD POLLOCK | OCTOBER 17, 2013

Federal officials did not permit testing of the Obamacare healthcare.gov website or issue final system requirements until four to six days before its Oct. 1 launch, according to an individual with direct knowledge of the project.

The individual, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the troubled Obamacare website project as suffering from top-level management disarray, changing systems requirements and recurring delays.

In other words, it was a typical government project.

The root cause of the problems was a pivotal decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials to act as systems integrator, the central coordinator for the entire program. Usually this role is reserved for the prime information technology contractor.

Like Edward Snowden.

As a result, full testing of the site was delayed until four to six days before the fateful Oct. 1 launch of the health care exchanges, the individual said…

“Normally a system this size would need 4-6 months of testing and performance tuning, not 4-6 days,” the individual said.

Picker of nits. Doesn’t he realize that this came from Obama? The man can lower sea levels.

The source said there were “ever-changing, conflicting and exceedingly late project directions. The actual system requirements for Oct. 1 were changing up until the week before,” the individual said.

The individual described the project as suffering from a “lack of an end-to-end business and technology vision for the project,” adding that “the hardest part of any technology project is not the technology — it is the business process decisions, what is the system supposed to do and how it will it do it.” …

If you think the Obama-Care website is screwed up, just wait until you see your Obama-Care coverage.

Another person, a former employee of CGI Federal — the private-sector contractor hired to build healthcare.gov — said the government’s insistence on being the systems integrator resulted in disastrous consequences for the website…

Er, isn’t that the case with everything the government touches? (Cf. student loans, for a recent example.)

The former employee said that “requirements came late, CMS dictated the design, especially the sign-up-before-viewing-plans, and there was absolutely not enough time for testing.”

“I wonder why the president did not have better technical advisers. He ran a huge risk with this,” the former contract employee said…

Obama undoubtedly believes he knows more about IT than any technical adviser. After all, he went to Harvard.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama-Care Site Tested One Week Before Roll Out”

  1. captstubby

    why the president did not have better technical advisers

    why?
    hes got the Chicago mob he brought with him .
    “yes We Can.”


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