Healthcare.gov’s problems reveal deeper issues with government IT policies

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/some-say-health-care-sites-problems-highlight-flawed-federal-it-policies/2013/10/09/d558da42-30fe-11e3-8627-c5d7de0a046b_print.html

Software problems may be the culprits behind the new health care exchanges’ glitchy launch, but a report in the Washington Post points to another, more deep-seated issue: the federal government’s “flawed” information technology policies. The government spends $80 billion a year on IT, but agencies are low on technical staff, often outsource to less-sophisticated contractors and sometimes fail to communicate effectively.

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Amy Keeley

The problem with government and IT (at any level) is that cost becomes everything. But when you make the cheapest contractors the ones you choose (as opposed to those who really know what they’re doing and will charge more for it) then you end up spending *more* money trying to get yourself out of the mess the contractors created. There are some localities that *must*, by law, hire the cheapest and only the cheapest and boy do they pay for it in the end. I doubt the Feds are bound like that, but the pressure is the same.

april

this is just their way of delaying the process and making people still pay……………..
they should have known people were going to be ready to sign up from the start and been more prepared…………. the government really needs help from within now

Barbara

The sky isn’t falling, people have until December to sign up if they want Obamacare insurance. No big deal.

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