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Re: HealthCare.gov Is Symptomatic of Feds' Ailing IT Procurement System
Posted by: John K. Higgins 2013-11-06 10:58:08
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The troubled launch of HealthCare.gov has been costly for President Obama and Democratic supporters of the entire Affordable Care Act program, also known as "Obamacare." The difficulties surrounding the launch have spurred broader criticism about the federal government's management of major IT deployments. Estimates of the government's financial investment in the information technology associated with the launch of the health insurance program -- especially the Web portal -- vary from $70 million to well over $300 million, depending on which components are counted.


Isn't it amazing -- the one thing the government seems to get right when it comes to IT is surveillance, snooping, whatever you want to call it. Maybe the NSA should be tasked with project managing all other government IT implementations.
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What was your initial reaction to news of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack?
It demonstrates that all critical infrastructure sectors are at high risk of disruption by cybercriminals.
Everyone will be paying for this attack in the form of higher energy costs.
Governments need to work more closely with private industries to protect networks for the sake of public safety.
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