Déjà Vu? IRS Hires Same Outfit Who Botched Obamacare Website, Here We Go Again!
It's been said that doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. It's been said that doing the--If that's true, then someone needs to throw the Federal Government into their own padded room suite at Bellevue.
The IRS has decided to award CGI an IT contract worth $4.5 million. CGI is supposed to handle "critical functions" and "management support" to the IRS's Obamacare tax program. Normally, a private company being awarded a new contract, wouldn't be news. But, when the company is the exact same company responsible for the gargantuan flop that was the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov it is worth reporting.
Yes, that's the same website that former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius referred to as a "debacle" the exact same website that caused her to feel "frustrated and angry." Hopefully, CGI has learned how to code since then. After all, they only messed up 21,000 lines of code, as reported by the Republican Senate Judiciary and Finance Committee staffers.
CGI didn't only ruin the HealthCare.gov website, but according to the Daily Caller they also messed up the sites for Massachusetts and Vermont. In Vermont the company was actually charged a $5 million penalty for their "shoddy work." But, apparently the IRS doesn't see any of these major issues as a warning sign to NOT hire CGI.
The concern of CGI working with IRS isn't only the fear of wasted tax dollars when they make another 21,000 lines of error, but also the fear of inaccurate tax returns or bills. Millions of Americans are going to be penalized with a tax for not having the Obamacare approved insurance coverage. If the IRS and CGI are incapable of accurately assessing the taxes and refunds, these Americans will be extremely inconvenienced.
Hopefully, for the sake of the taxpayers, CGI has gotten their act together.