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Video: What happened to the Cover Oregon audit?
Hot Air ^ | February 14, 2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/15/2014 10:13:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

How did Cover Oregon blow through more than $120 million and end up with a completely non-functional website? One year ago, when Oregon officials raised questions about the project and the contracts going to Oracle, Oregon Health Authority CIO told other state officials in a Cover Oregon meeting that the Secretary of State’s office had conducted an audit of the contracts, and found no problem. A year later, no one can find any evidence of that audit, which adds yet another dimension to the allegations of fraud involving Carolyn Lawson and Cover Oregon. KATU continues its in-depth investigation of the scandal:


The report goes on to say the issue was resolved, citing an audit by the Secretary of State’s office that “found everything in order.”

But the KATU On Your Side Investigators have learned that that audit – the only piece of evidence used to dismiss major accountability problems surrounding a contract that eventually grew to $119 million – doesn’t exist.

That audit was particularly important because the state’s contract with Oracle lacked the safeguards government’s usually put in place to ensure transparency. ….

The KATU Investigators contacted the Secretary of State’s office to ask for a copy of the audit.

Three different people responded, none of whom had a record of it, and finally it was suggested the Department of Administrative Service might know more.

DAS didn’t know of such an audit either, and referred KATU to the Legislative Fiscal Office.

The LFO didn’t know anything about it, referring KATU back to the Secretary of State’s office.

“I checked with our managers and there is no audit that would substantiate the statement that ‘a SOS audit found everything in order,’” Secretary of State auditor Gary Blackmer wrote to KATU News. “We have not conducted any audits of procurement or accounting practices related to the DHS/OHA Oracle contract.”

The video gives a pretty good overview, but you’ll want to read the full article as well. The QA group Maximus did its own audit, which found exactly the opposite of what Lawson told the rest of the team in that meeting. The problem was that the contracts essentially amounted to “blank checks” because the Cover Oregon team had little documentation about what Oracle was being contracted to produce, and what was provided (Statements of Work, or SOWs) were entirely inadequate. In addition, Maximus found that Oracle used the funds to perform work “outside the scope of the HIX-IT project” — or in other words, it used Cover Oregon money to do other work.

It’s not as if this problem was unnoticed. In that February 2013 meeting, the other Cover Oregon players clearly had concerns about this issue. Lawson put them off by making her claim about the SoS audit, but not everyone was buying it. It also raises the question — again — of what Governor John Kitzhaber knew about the failures of this project and when he knew it. Lawson ended up in tears during the meeting, according to KATU, and at least one of the attendees presumably had a reporting relationship to Kitzhaber (interim state CIO Julie Pearson). It’s difficult to believe that concerns of that depth and at that level eight months before the rollout deadline wouldn’t have reached Kitzhaber’s desk at that time, let alone down the line when the project was clearly derailing.

Don’t be surprised to see fraud investigations at a couple of levels resulting from this scandal.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: abortion; coveroregon; deathpanels; democrats; obamacare; oregon; zerocare
Every day some new scandal.
1 posted on 02/15/2014 10:13:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shhh. This isn’t the United States anymore. You lost your country russian.

2 posted on 02/15/2014 10:17:48 PM PST by FreeperCell
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To: FreeperCell

Criminals need Justice to find them.

3 posted on 02/15/2014 10:25:12 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

wow,massachusettes only paid 60 million fortheir non-functioning healthcare website.

4 posted on 02/15/2014 10:35:15 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


Same day: Walden asks GAO to investigate Cover Oregon

Gov. John Kitzhaber was unmoved about Walden's request.

Gov. Kitzhaber, “Well, the federal government is going to do what the federal government is going to do."

Translation: Anything that impedes my reelection campaign ain't going to happen.

I don't doubt it.

5 posted on 02/15/2014 10:38:33 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
..and can't neglect this

New Cover Oregon allegations: 'If it's true, someone's going to prison'

(if what Former Republican state lawmaker Patrick Sheehan is true)

And it all hinges on what happened between Carolyn Lawson (who has fled the State of Oregon to California, by the way) and whatever the truth is behind the Maximus Reports made monthly to State Officials (allegedly to the highest levels).

Still a cynic, I am...

6 posted on 02/15/2014 10:45:10 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

dont bogart that joint

my FRiend

7 posted on 02/15/2014 10:45:52 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope my Oregon DAS/DHS EX-WITCH of a (spit) wife is involved in this right up to the crack of her worthless, corrupt, lying, putrid ass!

8 posted on 02/15/2014 11:41:22 PM PST by Birdsbane ("Onward through the fog!" ... Oat Willie)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What??? Didn’t Sebelius and Obummer tell the world that the state exchanges were humming like finely-tuned engines? They lie big every day.

9 posted on 02/16/2014 2:40:13 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

Liberals don’t go to jail for enforcing Dear Leaders policies. The ends justify the means.

10 posted on 02/16/2014 3:36:02 AM PST by DAC21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tip of the glacier> Perhaps by 2017, audits will suggest massive passthrough via the obamacare sites/exchanges of the massive “cost overuns” into re-election coffers for
the two upcoming elections.

Audits that don’t exist?


11 posted on 02/16/2014 5:14:57 AM PST by kendwell (The task.... is not yours to finish. Nor are you to refrain from it altogether)
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To: Birdsbane

would that be WITCH of an ex-wife?

12 posted on 02/16/2014 6:02:09 AM PST by MisterArtery
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The 160 million $ fraud aka Cover Oregon/Unaffordable Care Act, is being covered up, by the liberal left wing mediots in Portland and the left wing major cities.

13 posted on 02/16/2014 8:31:26 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obozo Care is a Trinity of Lies! Obozo Care is probably a serious Black Swan event.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is easy to explain how cover Oregon blew 120 million. Progressives were in charge. Affirmative action hires are never held accountable for their failures.

14 posted on 02/16/2014 10:28:23 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: MisterArtery

She claimed to be a former Satanic Witch. She told me so in bed one night. She did not remain my wife much longer... There is no such thing as a former servant of Satan. Just barely extricated myself from her clutches with my life. She tried to poison me, and failing that, tried to break my neck. She wasn’t charged... Good freakin’ riddance.

15 posted on 02/25/2014 6:16:21 PM PST by Birdsbane ("Onward through the fog!" ... Oat Willie)
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