Skip to comments.ObamaCare Site Creator: 'People Fainting In Conference Calls'
Posted on 10/16/2013 4:23:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
CGI Federal is the Canadian IT contractor responsible for creating most of the ObamaCare website. Tuesday, after describing the site as a "complete train wreck," the Washington Post took an in-depth look at the company -- its origins, track record, and how it landed the ObamaCare contract. It is all worth a read, but one staffer told the Post that the working environment at CGI is so awful today that "People are getting sick, fainting in conference calls."
The healthcare.gov debacle has taken its toll on the working environment at CGI Federal's 10-story complex in Fairfax, Va., according to a staffer working on a related project who asked not to be named. "There's been a lot of agitation and anger, because CGI really prides itself on having family flexibility," he said, noting the firm's liberal telework policy. Instead, the Obamacare contract has sucked more and more staff off other projects, and people have been working around the clock to first get the site ready for Oct. 1, and then fix it when things started to go wrong. "There's a lot of frustration," the staffer said. "People are getting sick, fainting in conference calls."
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Po’ babies. Give ‘em a pacifier to suck on.
These people deserve their millions, and the billions
in pensions they will get, and the royalties,
ALL TO BE SHARED WITH CONGRESS. [/s]
I heard from an informed source that their maximum programmer hiring age is 12 and the kid must have a minimum of 300 hours playing GTA!
“People are getting sick....fainting on conference calls.” Hope they signed up for some of that free government health care!
(full disclosure: I've been through crappy product launches, and I do feel for those who take pride in their work)
Interesting story, and surprisingly negative considering the WaPo source.
Someone on here said one of the companies that CGI bought was intimately connected to the Clinton Crime Family.
They should be fainting. Bammy and his boys will soon be looking for scapegoats. This train wreck can’t be their fault. Noooosirrrreee.
Obamacare's first victims.
Folks, I’m telling you, I am NOT upset the GOP didn’t get the one year delay. I’m telling you, America is going to HATE OBAMACARE and the RATs own it !!!!
Obamacare+SSDI...a win-win situation! /s;)
Toni Townes-Whitley of CGI, also was a classmate of Michelle Obama from the Princeton Class of 1985.
I heard they passed out when they were told they might have to stay until 5:15
My guess is the company has incompetent managers. Bringing new people on to a project that is behind schedule and in a crisis doesn't mean higher productivity. Neither does longer hours.
Let’s see, their primary mission would seem to be family flexibility and telework policies. Now they are frustrated at all the negative pressure and some are even fainting during conference calls. People are actually being called in to work, doubtless placing great strain on social plans.
I think I can see at least part of the problem here. Of course, I’m coming from an old fashioned perspective where you had to actually produce a product that works at a competitive price.
Husseincare covers that.
I’m guessing the BP guys who were trying to figure out how to cap the blown-out well (Deepwater Horizon?) in the Gulf a few years ago were under a lot more stress.
Wasn’t CGI the contractors associated with “The Innocence of Muslims” fake video? There was a guy on YT that tied it together if anyone has it.
Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.
CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was ever a public solicitation for building Healthcare.gov, the backbone of Obamacares problem-plagued web portal.
Instead, it appears they used what amounts to a federal procurement system loophole to award the work to the Canadian firm.
CGI was one of 16 companies that had been qualified by HHS during President George W. Bush's second term to deliver, without public competition, a variety of hardware, software and communication products and services.
CGI was a much smaller vendor when it was approved by HHS in 2007. With the approval, CGI became eligible for multiple awards without public notice and in circumvention of the normal competitive bidding procurement process.
CGI is a relatively new company in the United States. Its Canadian executives grew their corporate U.S. presence through major acquisitions of U.S. companies.
The first acquisition came in 2004 when CGI purchased American Management Systems Inc. for $858 million in a cash tender offer that covered existing federal IT contracts in healthcare, financial services, and communications work.
Good catch. Cronyism always wins out in DC.
‘People Fainting In Conference Calls’
Quick, convene a panel to see if they should be resuscitated!
“You know, Harry, it’s getting to be really expensive to pay people to vote Democrat. What with the private sector unions declining, it’s hard for the Democrat party to come up with the money to buy enough votes to win. And I can’t lose! I don’t know how to work!”
“Don’t worry, Nancy. We’ll get the working people to pay to buy our votes.”
“Oh Harry, you always say the sweetest things!”
I’ve been around large software projects in my former career. When they go bad and it becomes an all hands on deck for months on end. They called them “Death Marches”.
This one has them ALL of those combined. Needs a complete redesign, not a bunch of bandaids. People will start quitting there soon, guaranteed.
I think it will end up like Maine’s former “Dirigo”.
Although proponents of the legislation that set up Dirigo Health projected that it could cover 31,000 previously uninsured Maine residents in its first year, the actual figure through the program’s first twelve months was 8,600. After fifteen months, enrollment had grown to 9,800; an additional 4,900 people had enrolled in the Medicaid expansion. Anthem, the initial carrier for DirigoChoice, says that enrollment rates for the program are significantly higher than other new insurance programs.
Yup. The best will be the first.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find out a lot of the peoblems came from Obama’s people changing their minds and adding new “ideas” along the way. I’m not ready to lay all the blame at CGIs door.
My guess is that this is an impossible project. You can be competent but if your client isn’t..
I was an IT professional, asked to be a liaison to the police department to check on the progress of contractors putting together an incident reporting system for patrol cars, near the end of the implementation. Of course, the contractors held everything close to their chest siting confidentiality clauses. They held classes for cops at the police academy for instruction on it's use. I sat in on a class at a computer. Within ten minutes I had gotten around all their security and took control of the system including the servers, all from within their own software screens. They weren't pleased to see all their flaws exposed before they could cut and run. Happened often with contractors, pretending to know what they were doing when they delivered crap.
Yet another software project failure for the textbooks. Stupid, stupid management AND techies.
> Quick, convene a panel to see if they should be resuscitated!
Yeah, schedule a meeting about the difficult meetings.
Our culture is so hosed.
The “under the table payments” to political cronies should be Cruz’ talking points. Someone made a lot of money off this.
The article says that CGI got “$88 million of the hundreds of millions spent to create the ObamaCare website”. Who got the rest?
The key is to learn the left wing nutcase method, give a damn with your right hand and take it back with your left, then you can just keep right on giving a damn and bragging about how compassionate you are. If anyone points out that you keep taking back the damn that you just gave call them names like “intolerant”, “uncaring”, “racist” etc.
“My guess is the company has incompetent managers. Bringing new people on to a project that is behind schedule and in a crisis doesn’t mean higher productivity. Neither does longer hours.”
Either of those sounds wrong other than the fact that sometimes a new person sees something that the old hands are looking past but that is a faint hope. Longer hours are all wrong, I spent two decades running my own business which involved troubleshooting machinery after working more than a decade for others including Uncle Sam doing electronic, electrical and mechanical repair. Some of the best advice I ever got is that if you haven’t identified the problem within two hours take a break, have a cup of coffee, talk about the weather, when you come back you often see what you had been missing. If you keep on pushing past the fatigue point you may spend all day looking right past what is under your nose.
I can tell you haven’t worked in software development.
Off to the FEMA camps with them.
Truly, I have not, what was your first clue;>)
Your lack of experience qualifies you for a management job, but you’ll have to lose the attitude about not working people to death. Come up with an idea that coders who take bathroom breaks get fired, and you will be in an executive suite in no time.
Great, I have always wondered what it is like to be one of those top executives who lacks the applicable background required to distinguish between his nether anatomy and a mineshaft. Where do I apply?