Skip to comments.Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags (rewrote code to suit admin change requests)
Posted on 10/22/2013 5:14:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AP) Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.
As questions mount over the website's failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by The Associated Press found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that congressional investigators said was tested by the government and not private developers with more expertise.
A review of internal architectural diagrams obtained by the AP revealed the system's complexity. Insurance applicants have a host of personal information verified, including income and immigration status. The system connects to other federal computer networks, including ones at the Social Security Administration, IRS, Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management and the Peace Corps.
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Red flags in the morning mean weeks of televised congressional hearings , right?
Incompetence you can count on never changing.
Go ahead, America.
Vote Dem again and see what they can come up with next.
If you feeel lucky, that IS.
Well, the Peace Corps is obviously the most important link for health care.
first the media turns
then come the massive CYA by hoardes of minions (this post)
It is unfolding
To justify the CYA, there may be current sabotage as retribution
They were trying to hide the sticker shock for the ones that thought they were going to get a “freebie”.
I don’t see the FBI either, yet.
They’ve always had fun trying to adopt new technologies.. I remember some of their computer fiascos, oh man.
The gang that can’t shoot straight is back.
Whoever ran this thing, did a very very bad job.. almost looks like it was intentional.. nyaaaaah..
nobody could be that vicious or wastrel..
Peace and Heal Well.
The depressing thing about this? Very few will care in a year.
this would make sense. They hire you to do a job, you do it, they change it, and change it, and change it, and change it and change it some more until it doesn’t resemble what you originally made based on what they asked for. Then they blame you for not making what they wanted even though they didn’t really know what they wanted and ask for what you gave them.
My wife has fallen into this “government employee” trap. Asking for one thing, expecting something else all the while having no idea what she was asking for and too stubborn to say so.
The chasm between what is possible, what is desired, what was asked for and what happened is oceanic in size.
A freaking wannabe communist government trying to implement a business application covering virtually all of the American population and one-sixth of one of the world’s largest and most dynamic *cough* free-market economies—against the will of the (formerly) free people. What could possibly go wrong?
Thanks! God bless.
As with all government contracts, they give you so many requirements that many requirements contradict other requirements. As a result your product CANNOT work.
If this were the old Soviet Union those code monkeys would be accused of being Wreckers and sentenced to a beach condo in Siberia. Fortunately this isn’t a police state run by a dictator with complete control of a fawning, lickspittle press...hmm...no wonder they’re looking nervous.
This was not just a website. Any kid can build a website. It is the interfaces, lack of scalability and requirements that did this one in.
I want to personally thank the coders for this cluster!!!
That also describes escalating shipbuilding costs. The Navy contracts a yard to build a DDG then begin changing the specs. When the ship builder adds on the extra cost to make changes or additions the Navy and Congress blame the shipbuilder.
I can't wait to see the people with large piles of signed, "meets spec" forms glued to their butts start answering questions.
I bet there were fat bonus checks all around for "on time delivery", too.
” The system connects to other federal computer networks, including ones at the Social Security Administration, IRS, Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management and the Peace Corps.”
A hackers wet dream...
The 0bamacare website is an MONEY PIT like the Navy’s F-35 aircraft. I can’t understand why China hasn’t attacked us yet. We’re paralyzed by CHANGE!
Old IT saying:
Well, you gave me what I asked for, but not what I wanted.
I would have built it much different.
Submit everything on a pdf form.
A day later, you get a new form in the email.
Fill that out. Send it in, done.
Do all the processing in batch. Minimize the online process.