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Canadian officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare website
Washington Examiner ^ | 10-10-2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK

Posted on 10/10/2013 12:33:27 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather

Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned.

CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry.

The online registry was supposed to be up and running by June 2011.

Officials at the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded six technology contracts worth $87 million to CGI Federal for Obamacare website work, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The CMS officials refused to say if federal officials knew of its parent company’s IT failure in Canada when awarding the six contracts.

CGI Federal built Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov, which went live Oct. 1 but has since experienced multiple technical problems, including crashes, refusal to load and sign-on, or to provide accurate information.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: canadian; cgi; cgifederal; cgigroup; fired; firm; healthcare; healthcaregov; healthexchange; it; obamacare; officials; troubled; website
It was guaranteed to fail from the start.
1 posted on 10/10/2013 12:33:27 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: sheikdetailfeather

It would be interesting to see if this group is crony-connected or protected-group-owned.

Competence matters.


2 posted on 10/10/2013 12:35:11 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: sheikdetailfeather

The Ontario job, eHealth, cost Ontario taxpayers $1 billion and delivered nothing.


3 posted on 10/10/2013 12:35:16 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

I would like to see some investigators from our side dig out the crony capitalist connection between this outfit and the Baraqqi regime.


4 posted on 10/10/2013 12:35:51 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Well isn’t that special. I guess this means us US taxpayers will be getting a refund of

THE HALF A FREAKING BILLION DOLLARS

we paid for this POS site.


5 posted on 10/10/2013 12:36:06 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; ...
It seems the ghosts of McGuinty & Smitherman are now haunting America.

To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

6 posted on 10/10/2013 12:36:39 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
They were hired on the Soviet plan-as long as their political beliefs were correct, they qualified for the job.

Anyhow, To Hussein and his puppetmasters, it never mattered if CommieCare actually worked. Every third American can drop dead as far as they care. This is a mere stepping-stone to consolidating government (leftist government) control of every American's life, and leftist monopoly power.
7 posted on 10/10/2013 12:38:59 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

What is it about this doesn’t surprise me? We have become, in the last generation or so a a aociety of very low educated and a lower informed group of over 18 year old adults...even the educated are not that smart...and it is all totally by design!


8 posted on 10/10/2013 12:41:22 PM PDT by ldish (Have had enough...you??????)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry.

Consistency is very important in running an applications software company. These folks are consistent.

9 posted on 10/10/2013 12:43:54 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: mrsmel
mrsmel:" This is a mere stepping-stone to consolidating government (leftist government)
control of every American's life, and leftist monopoly power.

And that is exactly why it should be stopped !
At any cost !!

10 posted on 10/10/2013 12:44:13 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

So Obama hired a company OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES (Ontario, no less) to handle very confidential data on US citizens....This company was a failure in Canada, sooooo WHY NOT task them with the all-important duty of handling the US GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH INSURANCE program.

And LIVs wonder why we are still screaming for this bill FULL repeal.


11 posted on 10/10/2013 12:45:03 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
The CMS officials refused to say

OF COURSE THEY DID! SOP for the Obama Administration....take blame for NOTHING!
12 posted on 10/10/2013 12:45:52 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: ldish

The human civilization has Jumped the Shark.

all downhill from here.


13 posted on 10/10/2013 12:46:04 PM PDT by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/obama-spent-634-million-to-build-broken-healthcare-gov-website/

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CGI Federal is a subsidiary of Montreal-based CGI Group. With offices in Fairfax, Va., the subsidiary has been a darling of the Obama administration, which since 2009 has bestowed it with $1.4 billion in federal contracts, according to USAspending.gov.

Earlier this year the U.S. Government Accountability Office criticized the pace of development and testing for Healthcare.gov.’s IT system and noted that it was missing important milestone deadlines.

HHS is by far the single largest federal contractor of CGI, showering it 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.

That’s certainly a major shift. Why are we suddenly spending 1.4 billion on contracts to a Canadian IT company? It gets complicated.

CGI Federal was built on top of the ruins of a traditional government contractor, American Management Systems, a company co-founded by Bill Clinton’s former IRS commish, with a disastrous track record that eventually put it out of business.

How does all of this translate into a whole load of government money since 2009? I don’t know. Untangling the convoluted webs would take some time. But it is a rather interesting question.


14 posted on 10/10/2013 12:48:32 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: sheikdetailfeather

bet the heads of that company have some really nice yachts.


15 posted on 10/10/2013 12:52:31 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Very interesting—Bill Clinton Democratic pal links for a company that didn’t attract much interest under Bush. Unless they had huge amounts of other business, they were small and struggling, waiting for a Democratic administration. If that is true, they got a huge project that they had no experience with or any chance of handling properly. It’s “Solyndra 2: Cronies Wreck the Health System.”


16 posted on 10/10/2013 12:54:46 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Cementjungle

The name of game folks is spend, spend, spend.

all the better if the money is utterly wasted, on yachts and stuff I mean.


17 posted on 10/10/2013 12:55:05 PM PDT by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: Squawk 8888

So what? They probably produced a sizable donation to the BO campaign.


18 posted on 10/10/2013 1:02:06 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: nascarnation

Well lets get started!


19 posted on 10/10/2013 1:02:39 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: nascarnation

Well lets get started!


20 posted on 10/10/2013 1:03:28 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: sheikdetailfeather

The good news is the computer systems are the SIMPLEST part of the obamaCAIR legislation. Everything else is far more complex.


21 posted on 10/10/2013 1:09:02 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

I’m not sure why you put in (Ontario, no less) both because the firm is out of MONTREAL and because when it comes to incompetence and corruption, Quebec has Ontario beat hollow.


22 posted on 10/10/2013 1:17:01 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Gasshog

afraid you are right


23 posted on 10/10/2013 1:18:53 PM PDT by ldish (Have had enough...you??????)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
who got bribed (kickbacks) to hire these Canadian idiots?    Follow the money!!!!  Don't we have American idiots here who could have done just as bad a job?
24 posted on 10/10/2013 1:20:27 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

I guarantee it was owned by a crony or a favored group.
That’s not even a question with this bunch.

We need to answer the left when they accuse those who oppose Obama as being racist.

We don’t oppose Obama because we’re racist,
we oppose Obama because HE IS.


25 posted on 10/10/2013 1:20:43 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Squawk 8888

They have since moved to the states and started a green energy corporation. No, not that I know of; but with Obama in office they may have if they thought about it.


26 posted on 10/10/2013 1:23:20 PM PDT by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: Gasshog
"The human civilization has Jumped the Shark."

What's worse is that they they didn't make the jump. This is going to make "Jaws" look like Disney before it is over.

27 posted on 10/10/2013 1:29:34 PM PDT by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: Hieronymus

I can see why he made the point, because the company was involved in a massive ($1b) boondoggle here, and the current government is the most corrupt in our province’s history- the latest scandal was about how they blew at least $1.1 billion to help two members get elected.


28 posted on 10/10/2013 1:31:28 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Follow the money trail. I bet it stinks to high heaven.


29 posted on 10/10/2013 1:33:02 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Hieronymus

UGH! YEP! Caught that AFTER I posted, and yes, was also mistaking Ontario for Quebec! thanks for catching those. Screwed that part up all the way around.


30 posted on 10/10/2013 1:46:20 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Meet the members of CGI’s management

Serge Godin
Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board

André Imbeau
Founder, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Corporate Secretary

Michael E. Roach
President and Chief Executive Officer

R. David Anderson
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

João Baptista
President, Nordics, Southern Europe and South America

Jean-Michel Baticle
President, France (including Luxembourg and Morocco)

Jame Cofran
Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer

Benoit Dubé
Executive Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer

Serge Dubrana
President, Central and Eastern Europe (including Netherlands, Germany and Belgium)

Julie Godin
Executive Vice-President, Global Human Resources and Strategic Planning

Lorne Gorber
Senior Vice-President, Global Communications and Investor Relations

Timothy Gregory
President, United Kingdom

Colin Holgate
President, Asia Pacific (including Australia, India, Philippines and the Middle East)

Eva Maglis
Executive Vice-President, Global Chief Information Officer

Douglas McCuaig
Executive Vice-President, Global Client Transformation Services

Luc Pinard
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Performance and Knowledge Management

Daniel Rocheleau
Executive Vice-President and Chief Business Engineering Officer

Claude Séguin
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development and Strategic Investments

George D. Schindler
President, United States and Canada


31 posted on 10/10/2013 1:52:12 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

bump


32 posted on 10/10/2013 2:24:18 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So far. Watch them spend another $500 mil tying to fix it.


33 posted on 10/10/2013 3:41:50 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Pearls Before Swine

The same cronies who had a hand in building obama’s campaign bus.


34 posted on 10/10/2013 4:09:15 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

Really (about the bus)? Interesting, if true.

This is a much bigger deal... or mis-deal.


35 posted on 10/10/2013 4:10:24 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

It’s true.


36 posted on 10/10/2013 4:22:08 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican
Actually it was many companies involved. Here's a link to the Government Accounting Office report and the list of companies involved in the debacle. The contractors begin on page 35 I believe.
healthcare.gov website contractors
37 posted on 10/10/2013 6:47:11 PM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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