From Fox News:
Government awards more contracts to company that created glitchy ObamaCare website
By Maxim Lott | November 05, 2013
CGI Federal Inc, the company that created large parts of the error-plagued ObamaCare exchange website, which it says it is scrambling to fix, has recently been awarded several other government contracts.
Since the ObamaCare exchange website launched on Oct. 1, government officials have signed at least five different agreements with CGI totaling $7 million, according to USASpending.gov, a government website that lists government contracts. The contracts were for computer and software development at the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Well, let’s hope they do for the EPA what they did for Obama-Care.
One contract, for instance, was signed Oct. 19 by Department of Commerce officials that gives CGI Federal $266,164 to provide "IT and Telecom Systems Development" for the Patent Office…
There goes the Patent Office.
[C]ritics say it is absurd to give the company more government money and work at a time when other work they have done for the government is going poorly.
It may be absurd, but it is also a time-honored government tradition ‘to reward the incompetent and punish the competent.’
“This is a typical example of government creating perverse incentives,” George Mason University economics professor Donald Boudreaux told FoxNews.com. “Unlike, say, a private homeowner who fires a contractor who does a poor job, the government rewards such poorly performing contractors with new work at lucrative rates.”
CGI Federal was paid $290 million for its work in creating the ObamaCare exchange, and it was the one contractor that administration officials said failed to meet some expectations…
Notice that there is so little real oversight of government spending we have never been told the same number twice (or even once) as to how much the Obama-Care site has cost.
“CGI Federal has no real skillset and a lot of the projects they’ve worked on have failed,” Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who attended congressional hearings on the ObamaCare exchange failures, told FoxNews.com. But he added that the failure is no surprise, considering the bureaucratic way that contracts are awarded…
Since contracts are given to reward failure, it’s a vicious cycle.