White House reportedly dumps main Healthcare.gov contractor

Finally, someone’s getting fired over the Healthcare.gov debacle. The Washington Post is reporting that the administration is about to cut ties with CGI Federal, the contractor that built most of the error-riddled website where Americans are supposed to buy health insurance. CGI will be replaced by Accenture as the primary contractor on Healthcare.gov.

Critics were disappointed to see the same contractors who had screwed things up on Healthcare.gov also being paid to fix them. The high profile failure highlighted the need for reform of the way the government buys and manages IT projects, but change seemed to be coming slowly. At first it seemed as if no one would be held responsible for the mess, so today’s news is encouraging.

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