ObamaCare spending to top contractors tops $1 billion

Jonathan Easley | The Hill | October 24, 2013

A surge in government spending in the six months before the ObamaCare [Affordable Care Act] exchanges went live pushed federal spending to top government contractors over the $1 billion mark, a new study finds.

According to the report released Thursday by Bloomberg Government analyst Peter Gosselin, federal spending ramped up in the months leading up to Oct. 1, with $352 million of the $1 billion in federal contracts to the top 10 ObamaCare contractors awarded during this time.

...Some of the top contractors responsible for setting up the online exchanges are testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill about the problems with the rollout.

Representatives from CGI Federal, the company that was primarily responsible for developing the HealthCare.gov website, are among those giving testimony. The Gosselin analysis found that $149.9 million, or 35 percent, of the $421.8 million in federal contracts the company received came in the final six months of the project.


Open Health News' Take: 

Again, one of the many 'lessons learned' for the future is to have the government seriously consider 'open' solutions. Tap into open source software, open architecture, open standards, and the open source communities. Try a hybrid open source software (HOSS) procurement approach that takes advantage of both commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and free & open source  software (FOSS) solutions. Unfortunately, poor management can drive any good solutions into the ditch.  -  Peter Groen, Senior Editor, OHNews


Contractor Penalties

I wonder if there was a penalty in their contracts requiring companies to pay back the government for delivering a system that doesn't work properly? Does anyone know? There should be.