Massachusetts fires CGI from healthcare exchange website work
CGI, the Canadian company that botched the design and rollout of healthcare.gov, the federal government’s Obamacare website, has just been given the boot by the state of Massachusetts as well. Priyanka Dayal McCluskey reports in the Boston Herald:
State officials are moving to fire CGI, the contractor responsible for Massachusetts’ broken health exchange website, and are starting to search for a new vendor, the state’s Obamacare czar said this morning.
“We have made the decision that we are going to be parting ways with CGI,” Sarah Iselin said. “We have just begun the process of negotiating what we hope will be a very careful transition.”
Iselin said the goal is to have the website working by the fall — a full year after its initial launch. Because of its myriad glitches, the Health Connector has had to enroll people in health coverage through paper applications.
CGI has a terrible track record with designing medical care information systems, having botched medical registration of diabetes sufferers in Canada, among other projects. The entire story of how an incompetent contractor was given a no-bid $600 million federal contract deserves a thorough investigation. Clarice Feldman noted late last year:
Michelle Obama had a longstanding relationship with a vice-president of the company tapped to create the ObamaCare website.
Michelle Obama's relationship with Princeton classmate Toni McCall Townes-Whitley, whose company earned the no-bid contract to design the disastrous Healthcare.Gov Obamacare website, continued after the Obamas moved into the White House.
Townes-Whitley and her husband even enjoyed Christmas with the Obamas" at the White House in December 2010, according to a Facebook album created by Townes-Whitley.
Although neither Michelle Obama nor Townes-Whitley has discussed their relationship, the Christmas event took place just seven months after Townes-Whitley joined CGI Federal as a senior vice president.
Townes-Whitley and Michelle were more than mere classmates at Princeton -- they worked closely together in pro-PLO activities:
Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of '85, leads CGI Federal's Civilian Agency Programs (CAP) Business Unit, which earned theno-bid contract to build the Obamacare enrollment website Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. (Related: Michelle Obama's Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website)
The Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI's bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified last week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI's bid was considered.
Townes-Whitley, who went by her maiden name Toni McCall at the time, and her classmate Michelle Obama, née Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, and worked together in two different radical student groups on campus. (Related: Michelle Obama and CGI Federal executive belonged to student group at Princeton that hosted pro-terrorist speaker).
The prominence of the names Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett in the process is revealing. Both are products of the corrupt Chicago Machine, where government contracts are handed out on the basis of favoritism and mutual backscratching. Massachusetts is a close rival, though. In both instances CGI was unable to deliver what it promised on rich contracts.