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Sebelius Has A Long History Of Website Failures

From the Daily Caller:

Lawmakers: Sebelius failed at government website projects prior to serving in Obama administration

By Patrick Howley | October 23, 2013

Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ failure at designing websites to provide government services began during her term as governor of Kansas, long before the Obamacare website debacle, Kansas political insiders told The Daily Caller.

Sebelius oversaw numerous costly and disastrous government website projects during her six-year governorship (2003-2009), including a failed update of the Department of Labor’s program to provide unemployment pay and other services and similar updates pertaining to the Department of Administration and the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) services.

The Department of Labor’s overhaul of its computer programs was a notable boondoggle, according to 14-year former Kansas state senator and former state Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee… After seven years and $50 million, something should work,” Brownlee told TheDC…

When Brownlee was appointed to head the state’s Department of Labor under new Republican governor Sam Brownback in 2011, she was tasked with cleaning up Sebelius’ technical mess.

“When I walked in the door at Labor [the computer update] was half-done. There were about 240 errors in work-around. It was not functional,” Brownlee said.

“The agency was spending more than $1 million per month on contractors and other things. So as soon as we found out how much was going out per month we had to shut that down. That wasn’t workable,” Brownlee said. “In the private sector, that would never be acceptable.”

“The computer [program update] was supposed to help deliver unemployment insurance benefits, which is critical, obviously, during a recession, because unemployment was much higher at the time. But the agency kept hiring more people because the computer system didn’t work.

And we thought unemployment checks were sacrosanct for Democrats, since they do so much to stimulate the economy.

Sebelius’ other government website projects, funded with state taxpayer money, also created considerable headaches.

“Under Sebelius there were a number of computer projects. At the Department of Administration, there was a SMART system for [tracking] financial data about agencies and a system for HR information. The performance on it was extremely poor. The Department of Revenue re-did their DMV programs. That started under Sebelius,” Brownlee said… Kansas constituents were left waiting days to obtain DMV services…

Whether or not President Obama knew about Sebelius’ website track record when he put her in charge of overseeing the Obamacare website remains unclear.

Of course, as we have often said, ‘failure is a resume enhancer for a Democrat.’ Besides, Obama knew that with Sebelius he would have someone to blame when everyone didn’t fall in love with Obama-Care as he said they would.

“When you consider that Obamacare is the pinnacle of president Obama’s presidential career, why would he not have been informed?,” Brownlee said. “Why is it that the private sector can do these projects and do them in a timely way and they work and government can’t?”

Are these rhetorical questions?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Sebelius Has A Long History Of Website Failures”

  1. The Redneck

    Sebelius got her position for her skills in destroying information, not disseminating it.

  2. Opportunities for graft do not come with Met Guidelines. Opportunities for graft only come from extended, emergency sending.

  3. canary

    Why doesn’t Obama’s first ever White House IT and Czar team fix.


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