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8/26/2014 (7 months ago)

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Sixty contracts struck for construction of 'Obamacare' Web site

That's one might expensive Web site! It's estimated that the Healthcare. Gove Web site, intended to facilitate health care reform, or "Obamacare," has cost U.S. Taxpayers about $1.7 BILLION dollars. That's not even the half of it, as the U.S. government is already under obligation for another $300 million for another outlay!

The 60 contracts related to the development and operation of the Federal Marketplace started between January 2009 and January 2014. The contracts ranged from health benefit data collection and consumer research, to cloud computing and Web site development.

The 60 contracts related to the development and operation of the Federal Marketplace started between January 2009 and January 2014. The contracts ranged from health benefit data collection and consumer research, to cloud computing and Web site development.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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8/26/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Healthcre.gove, cost, contracts, Obamacare


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Initiating sixty contracts to construct the highly fallible Web site - it was notoriously unstable in the first few days of its implementation, according to a report issued today by the inspector general (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the government had already paid out just under half a billion dollars by February 2014 -- five months after the beginning of open enrollment.

The 60 contracts related to the development and operation of the Federal Marketplace started between January 2009 and January 2014. The contracts ranged from health benefit data collection and consumer research, to cloud computing and Web site development.

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The original estimated values of these contracts totaled $1.7 billion; the contract values ranged from $69,195 to over $200 million. Across the 60 contracts, nearly $800 million has been obligated for the development of the Federal Marketplace as of February 2014. As of that date, CMS had paid nearly $500 million for the development of the Federal Marketplace to the contractors awarded these contracts.

Among many other friendly faces found on the list of contracts are Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Also appearing are CGI Federal - still blamed for the botched roll out of the site last October. In the meantime, Accenture Federal Services has taken over for CGI in hopes that this year's open enrollment will go better than 2013.

The inspector general presented the report on the contracts largely with commentary, instead noting that "[i]n the coming months, OIG will be issuing additional, in-depth audits and evaluations that look more closely at contracting for the Federal Marketplace and will include, when appropriate, recommendations to resolve vulnerabilities we identify and/or build on promising approaches."

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