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Old 10-08-2013, 01:27 PM
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Default Why did we hire a Canadian firm to set up the Federal HC Exchange website?

Then they went and bugged it up. I expect it was sabotage.
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:29 PM
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This came up in the White House press briefing yesterday (not the Canadian thing but the buggy thing):

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Q One last thing before I let you go. I'm not a computer programmer, I'm not a specialist in writing code, but there are lots of people out in the country who have been blogging about this for the last three or four days, some of them very sympathetic to the Affordable Care Act, not hostile to its implementation, and actually believe that, yes, there is a problem with very strong curiosity, people logging onto the system, but they also have detected through some pretty simple forensic work on their own that this is a failed system, that it's coded improperly, that basic sort of fundamental steps that should have been anticipated and built into a large government system like this simply don't exist or don't exist in near the capacity they ought to. Is it too early to talk about this particular rollout as being systematically flawed in its construction?
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According to the show i was listening to yesterday, the IT experts are saying the programmers responsible should be named and shamed as the work was so shoddy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...99407T20131005
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Bottom line though is the Obama admin has been lying to us about the cause of the problems for a number of days. This was a coding problem not a demand problem
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Why should 8.6 million unique visitors swamp the system? Wasn't the Obamacare crowd beating us over the head about 47 million uninsured? So logically you would have some significant fraction of 47 million who are legally compelled to go to the website, plus some other folks who just want to take a look.
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Typical quality work on a government contract.
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Let me guess - did they also go massively overbudget?
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well they only had three years to get it right
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well they only had three years to get it right
Not quite. Atleast not from the developers' persepctive. The RFP that went out was vague almost beyond belief, saying things like "develop functionality to be defined henceforth".
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Not quite. Atleast not from the developers' persepctive. The RFP that went out was vague almost beyond belief, saying things like "develop functionality to be defined henceforth".

"we have to develop the program in order to see what it is supposed to do"
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