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Former Cover Oregon IT Manager Speaks Out [Obamacare Website]
KNDU Television ^ | March 1, 2014 | Tracci Dial

Posted on 03/01/2014 10:37:14 PM PST by steve86

PORTLAND, OR - The former IT manager of the troubled Cover Oregon website is speaking out.

Carolyn Lawson resigned following the state's health care exchange problems but says she is not at fault. She blames the technology's contractor, Oracle Group, and says she warned her superior, Bruce Goldberg, several times that the exchange was in trouble.

Goldberg is the interim director of Cover Oregon now and would not comment on Lawson's claim.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: abortion; aca; deathpanels; democratcare; obamacare; oracle; oregon; zerocare
Cover Oregon has only recently started enrolling people through the website (as opposed to paper forms).
1 posted on 03/01/2014 10:37:14 PM PST by steve86
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2 posted on 03/01/2014 10:37:54 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86


3 posted on 03/01/2014 10:38:41 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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This is my favorite article title from one of the above links:

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

4 posted on 03/01/2014 10:42:04 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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5 posted on 03/01/2014 10:45:47 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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6 posted on 03/01/2014 10:47:22 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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7 posted on 03/01/2014 10:48:23 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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8 posted on 03/01/2014 10:49:51 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86
I wonder if Goldberg is gonna pull a Ralph Kramden:

"Hummana ... Hummana ... Hummana ..."

9 posted on 03/01/2014 10:56:04 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: steve86

Not Larry’s biggest fan myself, but how likely is it really that this is an Oracle problem? The federal website contractor CGI has been involved with lots of fiascoes, but Oracle software is used in many successful operations and I can’t recall them being blamed or sued for anything like this. What a mess.


10 posted on 03/01/2014 11:28:22 PM PST by TheMole
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To: TheMole

That’s my guess, also.

Blaming Oregon’s fiasco on Oracle is like blaming Ford because some senile old geezer like me drove his Mustang GT down the Interstate Exit Ramp rather than the On Ramp and ended up going the wrong way. Or blame the construction company that build the highway.

Oracle sells database software. How you build your Tables, Relationships & Rules is up to you. Did Oregon hire Oracle to deliver the finished product? If so, who determined what the database was supposed to do? I assume that the Customer (Oregon) has that role.


11 posted on 03/01/2014 11:43:42 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: TheMole
but Oracle software is used in many successful operations

The issue is not Oracle software or databases, the issue is Oracle Consulting Services.

12 posted on 03/01/2014 11:54:23 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: BwanaNdege
How you build your Tables, Relationships & Rules is up to you.

The state of Oregon did not purchase the Oracle DBMS; they purchased Oracle Consulting Services for design and implementation along with leasing the software.

Did Oregon hire Oracle to deliver the finished product?

Yes.

13 posted on 03/01/2014 11:56:21 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: TheMole
I can’t recall them being blamed or sued for anything like this.

Then you have missed the truly epic stories that have been posted on this very forum.

14 posted on 03/01/2014 11:57:16 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: TheMole

“Not Larry’s biggest fan myself, but how likely is it really that this is an Oracle problem?”

Having implemented programs in large companies while working for a VP who wanted political goals as opposed to realizable goals I agree the problem is likely not with Oracle. When the guy signing the check orders you to do something and you tell him the damage it will cause and he ignores you then you really have no choice but to comply or quit.


15 posted on 03/02/2014 3:22:10 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: steve86

OK, different story. Thanks for the additional information.

It would be really interesting to see their Gantt Chart and any Change Orders during the course of the project.

I assume that both teams of lawyers will have a field day with those.

(FWIW, I admit to a bias AGAINST government bureaucracy, especially Left Coast hippie government and a bias TOWARD anyone who has sponsored such an awesome flying sailboat.)

;-)


16 posted on 03/02/2014 5:13:25 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: steve86

Yeah, but who is managing the Oracle consultants? Surely they are not managing themselves... Cannot blame it on the consultants, as they are not “in charge” of the overall project. It is the hiring governmental agency.


17 posted on 03/02/2014 8:48:52 AM PST by LaRueLaDue
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To: LaRueLaDue

Remember how Ellison made huge contributions to his buddy Clinton and got the justice department to prosecute Microsoft because they were being apolitical at the time and not giving Slick Willy his due?


18 posted on 03/02/2014 6:06:01 PM PST by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: steve86

Is it true he’s an egomaniac?


19 posted on 03/02/2014 8:41:38 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: angry elephant

I remember and I thought that GW Bush and the GOP Congress were going to clean up government. Why didn’t it happen?


20 posted on 03/02/2014 8:44:01 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: LaRueLaDue; BwanaNdege
Yeah, but who is managing the Oracle consultants? Surely they are not managing themselves...

The State of Oregon did not hire individual consultants (that can be done also). They signed a contract with Oracle Consulting Services to produce a deliverable. The state would have little to no management interaction with individual consultants. Oracle would provide the project management and line management. Sure, the state's oversight of the contract was no doubt deficient as well. But Oracle failed to deliver anything like what it was obligated to in a timely manner.

Somewhat interestingly, Washington State, in contrast, did the entire project in-house and had a largely working website right from the beginning (Oct 1). I enrolled October 7th. There were some problems, and lots of downtime for fixes, but at this point WA's effort stands head and shoulders above Oregon's state-hiring-private sector approach.

21 posted on 03/02/2014 9:25:22 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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