Many would consider it a breakup long overdue: The Obama administration and CGI Federal, the main IT contractor hired to build the error-prone healthcare.gov marketplace, are parting ways, according a Jan. 10 article by The Washington Post.
The government is now possibly turning over the reins to Accenture, the company that build California’s health care exchange, according to the article. The contract would be worth about $90 million and last a year.
CGI Federal came under fire after the Oct. 1 launch of healthcare.gov. Users were plagued with slow response times and server crashes.
In a House committee hearing, Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted the website had only been tested for two weeks prior to its launch.
HHS hired Jeff Zients on Oct. 22 to fix the website. The website was slated to be fully working by the end of November.
By December, the website was largely operational. It reduced response times to milliseconds and significantly lowered its error rate.
Though the website has improved, many still worry about the security of the data collected by the website.
The Republican leadership in the House announced its intentions early this year to bring a bill to the floor that would require the government to notify citizens using healthcare.gov if a hacker had compromised their personal data.
In a House committee hearing Nov. 19, cybersecurity experts testified the website was flawed and could be susceptible to cyber-attacks.