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Doubtless eager to deflect attention from the First Squeeze's attempts to dodge a parking ticket issued by the City of Portland, Oregon gov. Retread has decided to take bold action on the health insurance exchange front:
Oregon will pay a private contractor $228,000 to figure out what went wrong with the launch of the state’s health care exchange website.
Over a quarter of a million dollars to come back in a few months and point out that it was due to Democrat/bureaucrat incompetence? Really? Gee, anybody else could've sold Cowboy Kitz a clue for half that price.
The seven questions First Data plans to get answers for during its investigation of the website project for Cover Oregon:
1) When did the website project team or any of its members realize or begin to realize the website was not going to be ready? Who first realized the website was not going to be ready?
2) Who was in the position to make decisions as it relates to the website project?
3) Did the website project team or any of its members have a plan B for operations developed when they realized the exchange was not going to work? If not, why not?
4) Did the state or Cover Oregon consider engaging a system integrator to assist with the website project? If not, why not? Did the website project team or any of its members believe the state or Cover Oregon has the expertise to undertake the website project without the assistance of a system integrator? If so, why?
5) What was the basic oversight and governance accountability as it relates to the multiple parties and the procurement, administration and finances of vendor services?
6) Why were Oracle products and Oracle services chosen?
7) How was the original scope of the website project determined and by whom? To what degree did the scope of the project delay the implementation? How was the scope managed? After the website project team or any of its members realized the website was not going to work, would it have been possible to change the scope? If so, how?
It's easy to see how, given the difficulty of the questions Retread wants answered, it can take months of digging to find clues. It's where the money is.
But gee, let's take a crack at these difficult questions, shall we?
1: Retread, Liz, and Rocky knew early on that it was going to flop.
3: Are they kidding? We're talking Democratics, here - they never have a plan B; their "solution" is to shovel more bundles of taxpayer cash at any problem that may arise.
4: What's a systems integrator? You know that'll be the answer they get.
5: Dudes, this is government. Okay? "Accountability" in government-speak means "no repercussions". See (3) above; shovel more money at it.
6: The First Squeeze thinks they're great.
7: "Scope"? These are Democratics, and they'll be the first to tell you that scopes are evil; they should be banned along with high-capacity magazines and "assault weapons".
Well, that was pretty easy. Hey, Retread - the Department of Revenue has my address, have them send the check along; does next week work for you?