Our brilliant Obama Administration hired a Canadian tech firm to design and implement the glitch-ridden United States national health care exchange site healthcare.gov.
CGI Federal is a subsidiary of Montreal-based CGI Group which since 2009 the Obama administration has showered it with $1.4 billion in federal contracts, according to USAspending.gov.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded CGI $55.7 million to launch Healthcare.gov, its central Obamacare health exchange website. Over the full five years of the contract, CGI could receive as much as $93.7 million and scheduled for much more despite the U.S. Govt Accountability Office criticizing the pace of development and testing for http://www.healthcare.gov.'s IT system and noted that it was missing important milestone deadlines.
Consumers have encountered widespread problems since Obamacare's website went live. The system has crashed, pages do not open and many citizens complain they cannot register.
HHS is by far the single largest federal contractor of CGI, with $645 million in contracts. The Defense Department pays the Canadian company $254 million, the EPA $58 million and the Justice Department $36 million. In comparison, in 2008, under President George W. Bush, CGI contracts totaled only $16.5 million for all federal departments and agencies.
It's chairman, Serge Godin leads a corporate colossus with a market capitalization of $8.9 billion. According to Forbes, last year Godin received an annual compensation package worth $4.6 million. He personally owns 31.9 million shares of CGI stock worth more than $1 billion.
The interesting question is why did Obama dump so much U.S. taxpayer money on an incompetent CANADIAN company?? Aren't there enough incompetent AMERICAN companies out there that he could have awarded the contract to?? How about we just outsource it to China, that way we can 100% guarantee that it will be a non-performing implosion of inadequacy.
The government blames the amount of hits as overwhelming the site but outside technology experts have uncovered so many flaws in the systems architecture that outlining them all would turn this into a 5000 word blog. It looks like CGI built a very poor quality site with little rhyme or reason to its architecture and put it through zero stress tests prior to its implementation.
I suspect that the piss poor architecture was purposefully designed that way so they will have to do constant re-configurations- generating a nice bill for us taxpayers in the process of course.