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White House to ditch builder of HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration will replace CGI Federal, its main IT contractor for the glitch-prone HealthCare.gov.

"CGI and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have mutually agreed to complete work on CGI's contract for the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), in line with the previously-scheduled February 2014 contract end date," Linda F. Odorisio, CGI's vice president of global communications, said in a statement Friday to CNBC.

Earlier Friday, The Washington Post reported that contractor that built the federal Obamacare health exchange had gotten the boot from the White House in favor of consulting firm Accenture.

Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal, testifies on Capitol Hill on Oct. 24, 2013.
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Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal, testifies on Capitol Hill on Oct. 24, 2013.

Citing a person familiar with the matter, the Post reported that federal health officials are preparing to sign a year-long contract with Accenture worth about $90 million. The company built California's exchange. The Post said Accenture officials declined to comment.

In its statement, CGI said the move was a "joint decision [that] comes at a time when Healthcare.gov is performing well, due largely to CGI's key role during the 'tech surge.'"

—By CNBC.com.

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