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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Obamacare website was no-bid, company contract.

Competition, the bane of government.

Anyone remember how furious the left was with Halliburton? A no bid contract to go in and clean up a war zone. Problem was that Halliburton was the only company that does the kind of dangerous work that Halliburton does. Last I checked, there are LOTS of web design companies.

Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance. 
CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was ever a public solicitation for building, the backbone of Obamacare’s problem-plagued web portal. 
Instead, it appears they used what amounts to a federal procurement system loophole to award the work to the Canadian firm.

Ok, not to be a dick to our neighbors to the north, but really. You couldn't find one, NOT ONE U.S. firm to do this? Aren't jobs a big deal right now? Yes, I know it's a US Subsidiary, but come on. 94 million for this?

They do have a PAC but who doesn't nowadays? They were approved during the Bush administration. In the end, this is how the government does business a lot, badly. Money taken is never taken seriously.

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