The people in charge of HealthCare.gov didn't have their act together before, but they do now—(they promise).
The federal agency that runs HealthCare.gov didn't have an "overarching" strategy for hiring the contractors that built the major Obamacare enrollment site—and then compounded that mistake with a series of other management failures as the website was created, an official report found.
It said that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "did not adequately plan for [HealthCare.gov] contracts," and subjected only 2 out of the 6 "key contracts" to an oversight review board prior to granting an award.
CMS also did not review the past performance of two contractors before awarding them significant contracts, and for most of the key contracts "chose a contract type that placed the risk of cost increases solely on the government," according to the report by the inspector general's office of CMS' parent, the Health and Human Services Department.
The report issued Tuesday sheds further light on what happened in the years preceding the disastrous October 2013 launch of HealthCare.gov. The IG's office plans on doing further reports on the site and its development.