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Heathcare.gov Tech Firm Also Behind Failed Canada Gun Registry

The same Canadian tech firm tasked with building the troubled Obamacare website also developed software for the Canadian federal gun registry, a project that was ultimately scrapped.

The failed gun registry was only one of CGI's many Canadian failures, which included canceled contracts to build health care databases in the provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick. Despite CGI's chequered record, the Obama administration awarded its U.S. subsidiary, CGI Federal, the $93.7 million contract to build healthcare.gov, part of $678 million in health care services contracts awarded to the company.
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Tech firm behind broken Obamacare website failed to build Canadian gun registry (VIDEO)

10/23/13 | by Brent McCluskey

The same Canadian tech firm tasked with building the troubled Obamacare website also developed software for the Canadian federal gun registry, a project that was ultimately scrapped.

The Obama administration awarded the U.S. subsidiary of CGI Federal a $93.7 million contract to construct the website healthcare.gov. But that figure was only part of the $678 million total in health care services contracts that was awarded to the company. Even still, at the launch healthcare.gov operated nominally at best, not at all at worst.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the architecture of the website "appeared to be built on a sloppy software foundation." However, others would argue that the site and program didn't get the support it needed in order to be successful.

"People should remember that those who are in charge of the money [Department of Health and Human Services] needs to implement the federal exchange are dedicated to the destruction of the federal exchange, and the destruction of the Affordable Care Act," Jay Angoff, who formerly ran the health exchange program for the Department of Health and Human Services, told NPR.

In addition to the lack of funds, developers were delayed in actually building the site, NPR reported. Developers sat in a state of limbo as they waited for events that could have significantly altered the future of the Affordable Care Act to pass. Events like the presidential election in November (Republican candidate Mitt Romney vowed to repeal Obamacare if elected) and a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the law. In the end, developers had to rush to get the site done.

In short, it isn't completely the company's fault for the website's shortcomings. In fact, CGI actually has a slew of contracts with the U.S. government, among others, and is running strong in the U.S. market, according to The Washington Post.

But that begs the question, if the company is financially successful, how did it score healthcare.gov and why did the Canadian government end its contract with CGI for the gun registry?

The answer is a combination of government bureaucracy and money.

According to a 2007 article by The Canadian Press, the Canadian government ended the CGI contract after realizing that they had spent too much on it with no end in sight, so it decided to suspend all contracts related to computer programs. The Canadian government paid $81 million to CGI leading up to the cancellation and another $10 million upon cancellation.

As for the U.S. government, once a company is in, it's in, according to The Washington Post. The Feds already know the quality of the work a it's already contracted, so it often looks to that company for future contracts. In addition, companies that have already scored a contract with the government will lobby to keep it, which is part of the case now.

CGI is still contracted to get the healthcare.gov up to speed.



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Posted by John Richardson at 6:27 PM

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What Do The ObamaCare Website And Canada's Gun Registry Have In Common?

The answer to the question posed in the headline, that is the commonalities between the ObamaCare website and Canada's failed gun registry, is software company CGI. The Conservatives under Canadian PM Stephen Harper dumped the gun registry last year deeming it ineffective and too costly. The Firearms Registry had been plagued by cost overruns from day one.

Sun News has more on other failures by CGI with regard to healthcare related databases in their report below.

Breitbart has more on these failures by CGI.

The failed gun registry was only one of CGI's many Canadian failures, which included canceled contracts to build health care databases in the provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick. Despite CGI's checkered record, the Obama administration awarded its U.S. subsidiary, CGI Federal, the $93.7 million contract to build healthcare.gov, part of $678 million in health care services contracts awarded to the company.

The Washington Post has more on how CGI Federal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada's CGI Group, went about winning the contract for the ObamaCare website. In a significant omission, the Washington Post fails to mention the role of CGI in the failed Firearms Registry.

It is obvious to me that no one in the Department of Health and Human Services did any sort of due diligence on CGI or CGI Federal. It could be just a coincidence that CGI was involved in a gun registration scheme and was the firm selected by the most anti-gun administration in recent memory to handle their healthcare exchanges website. I know correlation is not causation but one does have to wonder.