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Obamacare website was a no-bid government contract
http://www.theblaze.com ^ | october 14, 2013 | Meredith Jessup

Posted on 10/15/2013 2:51:09 PM PDT by lowbridge

Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut.

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 Healthcare.gov, 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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: healthcare; obamacare

1 posted on 10/15/2013 2:51:09 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Sole-source + “loophole” = corruption.


2 posted on 10/15/2013 2:53:47 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: lowbridge

Follow the money...


3 posted on 10/15/2013 2:54:57 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: lowbridge

Why would Team Barry open the development of the 0bamacare website up to bidding? They don’t believe in the free market or competitive pricing so it would’ve been hypocritical for them to do that. After all, the website itself exemplifies fixed pricing by Socialists, not COMPETITIVE pricing!


4 posted on 10/15/2013 2:55:30 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: lowbridge

Cue Gomer Pyle, Surprise Surprise Surprise! Follow the money and the kick backs, more “donations” to the obamaramadingdong residential lie-barry.


5 posted on 10/15/2013 2:55:49 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: lowbridge

BIG surprise there.


6 posted on 10/15/2013 2:55:54 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: lowbridge

You know someone got giant kickbacks.


7 posted on 10/15/2013 2:58:14 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Obama: A dark spot in this country's history.)
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To: lowbridge

No bid contract means 0 and dems thoroughly OWN this debacle.


8 posted on 10/15/2013 2:58:55 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Repeal The 17th
Follow the money...

Always. There's a pretty good chance that CGI sub'ed the whole job out to India for a fraction of what CGI was paid, kicked a huge chunk back to the Obama machine and banked the rest as pure profit. Out of the profit, generous campaign contributions will also be made to 'Rats who lubricated the deal.

9 posted on 10/15/2013 2:59:08 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: lowbridge

So, who got the kickback and how much?


10 posted on 10/15/2013 2:59:19 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Billthedrill
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 Healthcare.gov,

C'mon, play along. Imagine this was Bush. The SBA would be out for blood, all those women- and minority-owned businesses that are supposed to be included in every damn bid to reinvent the wheel... they would be caterwauling. Where are these people?

11 posted on 10/15/2013 2:59:45 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: lowbridge

I did some research.

CGI restructured in 2009-2010 as they were in bad shape.

Then, they bought Logica, Europe’s largest software provider to government for security and healthcare.

This puts security and healthcare data for most western nations with one company.

With those details on the opposition, how can liberals ever lose an election again?


12 posted on 10/15/2013 3:01:14 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: lowbridge

Same company that Canada fired because after 3 years it hadn’t done its job there as well.


13 posted on 10/15/2013 3:02:12 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: lowbridge

I’d like to know what the “loophole” might be. There is something known as a sole source justification which must be signed off on by a senior official, SES or higher. If such a sole source justification was used, a FOI request needs to be made to reveal who signed it.


14 posted on 10/15/2013 3:04:47 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

The fix was in. Since the plan was failure leading to single payer total government control of our medical system and lives, bidding was not needed. Meanwhile, the obama cronies pocketed our money, again.


15 posted on 10/15/2013 3:04:59 PM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: Old Yeller

And you kno we the kickbacks were huge.


16 posted on 10/15/2013 3:10:11 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: lowbridge

There are more slush fund and graft these days than you can count.


17 posted on 10/15/2013 3:13:37 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: bgill

“So, who got the kickback and how much?”

Yeah, we need a careful accounting audit.
But what we’ll probably get is good ol’ Darrell Issa who will look things over briefly, then sweep everything under the rug with all of the other Obama outrages. If that.
This is criminal behavior, but it gets a wink and nod.


18 posted on 10/15/2013 3:14:48 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: lowbridge

A website better than this could be had for less than a million bucks

this looks like something a bunch of college kids tossed together in 3 months of cram sessions.

WHERE DID $680 MILLION DOLLARS GO????


19 posted on 10/15/2013 3:18:46 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Billthedrill

But these guys said it would be really great and innovative:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/06/healthcaregov-code-developed-by-the-people-and-for-the-people-released-back-to-the-people/277295/


20 posted on 10/15/2013 3:18:51 PM PDT by GEC (We're not drilling in ANWR because...)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Opening government contracts up to competitive bidding would mean that the most efficient company would get all the contracts. Then the other companies with higher costs would go out of business, which would not only be unfair, but result in a monopoly. Since everyone agrees that competition is essential for a healthy business environment it’s necessary eliminate open bidding to preserve competition.
/sarc


21 posted on 10/15/2013 3:30:17 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: lowbridge

TWO big companies in Canada FIRED THEM BEFORE THIS FIASCO!!! WHO GOT THE MONEY???/ What SWISSS BANK ACCOUNTS did this go into??


22 posted on 10/15/2013 3:34:57 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

It is a virtual surety that whoever granted a $600 million no-bid contract,
also got a nice chunk of “thank you” under the table.


23 posted on 10/15/2013 3:37:05 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: lowbridge
Obama looking for a company with single payer expertise

Parent, largest Canadian tech company embedded with single payer health system in Canada

24 posted on 10/15/2013 3:40:56 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: lowbridge

mmmm-I wonder what muslim he was “appeasing”?


25 posted on 10/15/2013 3:41:11 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: lowbridge

I thought there were Federal Laws regulating vendor selection procedures.


26 posted on 10/15/2013 3:42:11 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: lowbridge

Non competitive contracts like this can only be let in a national emergency, or if there is no known other firm that can fulfil the project requirements. The AFPI (Armed Forces Procurement Instructions) are quite clear on this. It also requires a “Finding and Determination” written by someone who has the authority for the purchase. This sounds like another little deviation from the law by the distinguished legal mind from Haaavard! More impeachable charges to add to the list. The “Buy America Act” was also conveniently discarded too I guess.


27 posted on 10/15/2013 3:46:00 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: lowbridge

28 posted on 10/15/2013 3:51:21 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Michele Obama, Princeton ‘85, member Assoc. of Princeton Black Alumnus...presently first lady.

Toni McCall Townes-Whitley, Princeton ‘85, member Assoc. of Princeton Black Alumnus...presently Senior VP at CGI, since 2010, the prime contractor for the healthcare.gov website


29 posted on 10/15/2013 3:57:48 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: lowbridge

In this article ....

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2537194

found this comment .....

“Toni Townes-Whitley, Senior Vice President at CGI Federal for Civilian Agency programs, is Princeton Class of 1985. Michelle Obama is Princeton Class of 1985. Both are members of Association of Black Princeton Alumni. Ask the questions, MSM.”

Don’t know if it’s accurate/true or not ... but it makes you wonder.


30 posted on 10/15/2013 4:00:34 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Parmy

BLAME CANADA!!!


31 posted on 10/15/2013 4:02:31 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: gitmo

There certainly are. And the left had a melt-down arguing that Haliburton was a sole source vendor.

My inital concern re this award was that the vendor was offshore. Subsidiary = front.


32 posted on 10/15/2013 4:13:34 PM PDT by frog in a pot ("To each according to his need..." -from a guy who never had a real job and couldn't feed his family)
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To: lowbridge
Yeah and you can probably bet your azz that it's a minority held company that has a C.E.O. who's first name starts with "La" or "De".
33 posted on 10/15/2013 4:37:48 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: Old Yeller

Wonder if there is a connection between CGI Federal and CGI America?


34 posted on 10/15/2013 6:07:05 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

CGI was founded by Serge Godin in June 1976 in Québec City, Canada.[5] In 2004 CGI purchased the majority of American Management Systems (AMS), acquiring the commercial business and all government business not related to national defense. Since 2009, a subsidiary of CGI Group, CGI Federal, has been awarded over $1.4 billion in U.S. federal contracts, including an over $90 million contract by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for establishment of what would become the software back-end of the federal health insurance marketplace website.[6] In May 2010, CGI announced the acquisition of Stanley, Inc., for an enterprise value of approximately $1.07 billion.[7] In August 2010, CGI finalized the acquisition of Stanley.[8]

CGI is one of four primary Recovery Audit Contractors, established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, responsible for auditing region B.[9]

In May 2012 CGI agreed to acquire the UK-based computer services company Logica for £1.7 billion in cash.[10][11] The acquisition was completed on 20 August 2012.[12]

In October 2013, following the October 1, 2013, launch of open-registration for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, CGI Federal came under media scrutiny[13] after numerous issues[14] surfaced with the federal health insurance marketplace, preventing many users from logging in and signing up for insurance through the site.


35 posted on 10/15/2013 6:41:38 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: centurion316

“I’d like to know what the “loophole” might be. There is something known as a sole source justification which must be signed off on by a senior official, SES or higher. If such a sole source justification was used, a FOI request needs to be made to reveal who signed it.”

Absolutely correct! Sole source government procurements need to first prove in writing and under the scrutiny of procurement officers that research has been done thoroughly and that no other company anywhere can carry out the work specifications needed. If that’s not the case, the procurement has to go out to competitive bid. There is no doubt that hundreds of companies could have set this up.

To come to this conclusion that one is going to use a “sole source” procurement, there would have first been “requests for information” of many companies specializing in large scale software projects to get an overview of how many have descriptions, proof and referrals of having done big projects successfully. The background of the various companies’ implementation staff is also requested and reviewed. What’s needed is not really all that complicated. It probably could have been done and done well for 12 million dollars in government expenditures for the software, testing and first year implementation. The cost of all the new federal staff is separate anyway. The fact that a lot of people would theoretically sign up does not make the software more complicated. That’s a matter of speed and computer memory and interfaces.

Maybe the Obamacare system’s failing was part of the plan all along to fail and bring America to chaos. I have had a similar experience with a new online state application system having internal software failures every time one signs on.

Every uninsured person in the nation could have had his insurance paid for a tiny fraction of this horrific waste of tax-payer treasury dollars. Now we learn, on top of everything else, that all the money goes to a foreign firm. There are certainly plenty of skilled IT firms in the U.S.


36 posted on 10/16/2013 12:46:45 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now (Failure seems to be Obama's job description.)
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