Thursday, November 7, 2013

The System is A-OK

A few days ago, we learned that Michelle Obama’s long-time college friend Toni Townes-Whitley, a senior vice president at CGI Group, Inc. received the no-bid contract to build the epic fail Obama Care website. She met recently with a special assistant to the President and the Acting Commissioner of the IRS … presumably to find a way to iron out the problems with Obama Care, which although regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services, will be administered by the Treasury Department’s Internal Revenue Service.

This alone is utterly amazing.

In any case, Toni became a senior vice president in 2010.  Since then, the CGI ship has come to port (or so it would seem). White House logs indicate that Whitley has been a frequent visitor at the White House, so all of the noise claiming that Michelle and Toni hardly knew one another is pure poppycock. For now, we'll ignore the fact that both women helped to sponsor lectures by terrorists while attending Princeton —it is a genuine attempt on our part to avoid a lawsuit and even more attention from the NSA, as we are no doubt by now regarded as right-wing extremists.

We have all heard from the real IT experts from Silicon Valley tell us that no one with any brains attempts to roll out something as humongous as a national health care system without running detailed system checks before releasing it to the public. Well, what I should say is, “No one with any brains except the government …” Something to think about for a few seconds while we transition to the next eye-opener.

Under the heading, “It isn’t over until it’s over,” CGI Federal has more pokers in the fire than the failed Obama Care website. We’re talking about a serious moneymaker here; no, not for the American taxpayer, for the stockholders of CGI (which I would assume could include Michelle Obama, held in trust).

Who handles Section 8 rental subsidies? Well, it has been a real money maker for CGI Federal; it earned about a quarter of the $300 million or so in fees that came from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. CGI Federal, it seems, is well entrenched with Assisted Housing Services of Ohio, California Affordable Housing Initiatives, and North Tampa Housing Development Corporation. In the case of the Ohio concern, its director self-identifies as “Manager of Consulting Services, CGI Federal Healthcare Compliance Group.”

No surprise (to us) that CGI Federal was found to have over billed the HUD by tens of millions of dollars (2009-2011), and this prompted HUD to rebid the contracts (setting a lower standard for profit margins). When the new contracts were awarded, many of CGI’s partners lost out. Understandably, CGI Federal wasn’t happy and so they sued. According to the Washington Post:

          “Instead of letting the awards stand, the losers complained en masse to the Government Accountability Office, prompting HUD to back off those awards and offer another solicitation. This time around, HUD got rid of the cap on the number of units a subcontractor could administer, but precluded out-of-state entities from landing a Section 8 contracts if there was a qualified local bidder, which cut into CGI's business model -- some of the entities they worked with offered services to housing authorities all around the region, and wanted to compete for contracts even further afield. Obama's GAO ruled that the new process was a no-no.

          “HUD decided to ignore the GAO. So the housing authority-affiliated entities appealed again, this time to the Federal Court of Claims -- the three that contract with CGI filed a joint complaint, saying HUD's award process was anticompetitive. In April, HUD won. But the companies kicked it up yet another notch, to the Federal Court of Appeals, where arguments were held last week. Until the litigation is resolved, HUD can't execute any of the new awards.

          “Meanwhile, the Ohio entity asked its state's Congressional delegation -- where CGI does lots of business -- to include an amendment in this year's ill-fated Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill that would have forced HUD to keep the contracts available to out-of-state entities, which CGI wanted. (The legislators asked HUD nicely to do so earlier in 2012, to no avail). Public records indicate that during this time, every quarter from 2010 through 2012, CGI Group itself was lobbying on "HUD housing management contracts."

Well, but maybe all those trips to the White House … all those hours with Michelle reliving the good old days spewing out anti-White hate propaganda and inviting terrorists to convince Princeton students how terrible America is have finally paid off. According to one news source, CGI Federal (in spite of its Obama Care failures) was recently awarded five (5) new government contracts. A senior vice president remarked, “From our perspective, the system is working.

It certainly is, Cheryl … it certainly is.

~Mustang Sends

Wait, Mustang...wasn't Halliburton a no-bid contract liberals were horrified over, not understanding that you need boots on the ground THEN and THERE and it would have taken any other company NOT in country a year just to prepare for a bid?   I wonder why this no-bid situation between Michelle and her buddy doesn't bother them, too!? (but I don't wonder long...) :-) Z

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46 comments:

Our WorldAs We See It said...

His next lie will be, that he will have no idea of who Michelle Obama is.

Isn’t it a funny thing that whenever Obama creates the problems, he then blames others for it and denies having anything to do with it. Just like they did with, Benghazi, Kathleen Sebelius,. Susan Rice, George Bush!
As for Kathleen Sebelius she has made a mockery of testifying at this hearing, shades of Hillary Clinton.
As they say, The people get the Government that they deserve!

Bodecea said...

That’s right, he says that the buck stops here, then he points his finger, and throws you under the bus.
What else is new with these liberals!

Robert Sinclair said...

"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."

-and-

"For the first time in my life, I'm really proud of my country."

Amazing. There is absolutely NOTHING American about these people.

Bob said...

1. There is no magic in building websites, not even in large enterprise-level systems.
2. There is no magic in planning and managing such a system.

It has taken an extraordinary level of incompetence to take half-a billion dollars and three years for something that could have been done for a tenth of the cost.

Systems like this are like ones done all the time by IBM, Microsoft, Boeing, etc. Look for management and system expertise, and let the bidding process take care of the rest.

Thanks for the background on the contract award. Suddenly, government corruption is in moving at an ever progressive pace. No pun intended.

Silverfiddle said...

A government infested with rent-seeking termites...

Duckys here said...

It would be pretty tough to defend the Washington procurement process, the rules have been fudged so often to favor a few large companies and indemnify them that it needs complete revision.

But once again the target is Obama and not the root of the problem. Getting rid of the likes of Diane Feinstein (D - Shyster) would be the place to start.

Presidents come and go but we live with those crooks forever.

JonBerg said...

The "First Wookiee" is as shameless as the suckers who put her depraved husband in office. Yes, he wears corruption on his sleeve while Liberals swoon and pee down their leg with delight!

Waylon said...

Is CGI even an American company? It's got a history of flubbing jobs big time. Strangely enough it seems to be a company that has its lip locked firmly on the public teat sucking in billions of tax payers dollars.

“Whoever hired CGI to do Obamacare didn’t check the background of this company,” Mr. Bernardo said in an interview. “They could screw up the Lord’s Prayer.

The Canadian government hired CGI n the mid-1990s to develop a computerized firearms registry. (The requirement for long guns ended in 2012.)

By 2002, a government audit of the registry showed that massive cost overruns had led to spending $688 million on the program to register an estimated 8 million guns in the country.

Another audit four years later showed that the new system put in place was “significantly over budget project delays have contributed to about one-third of the total cost, now expected to be at least $90 million.”

As a result of the enormous losses to taxpayers, Canada fired CGI in 2007, paying out an additional $10 million to end the contract.

“We spent $2 billion for a list that doesn’t work,” said Mr. Bernardo said of the national gun registry. “This is all just to make a list — a database — you could do it with an Excel spreadsheet, for goodness’ sakes.”

Even worse than the financial loss for Canadians, the computer system has had repeated privacy breaches. The gun registry has been hacked at least 320 times."

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/6/miller-before-obamacare-a-record-of-failure/#ixzz2jz3hnk7j
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

CGI is a "progressive" company methinks, just another Corporate Welfare Bum standing around with its hands out hungry to swallow taxpayers dollars.

Mustang said...

Ducky is right. Our government has evolved into a culture of corruption. I laugh each time I hear Sebelius say, “I hold myself accountable.” There is never any consequence to the malfeasance and criminal negligence in government. Oh, it’s true they’ll fry Snowden, but Clinton has a get out of jail free card that never expires.

Anonymous said...

The First Wookie is as much a Moocher as the people who support her socialist hubby

Sam Huntington said...

You know what? The bottom line is that we will never see an improvement until the American people demand a higher standard from their elected officials. I don’t mean treating them as if they are saviors … I mean having high expectations and holding their feet to the fire. There are two issues: the reality of corruption, and the perception of corruption. We do not know for certain that Michelle is involved in this … but sometimes the perception of corruption is just as bad. Silly me, I keep forgetting … this is Chicago politics.

Mustang, thank you for your comment today at Always on Watch.

Louis H. said...

I see it now. A black managed company joins a coalition of the black president to make money from black people housing and the communist health care program. This is genius, yes? You know, I am black and I could use the money. But no … I cannot be so dishonest.

Anonymous said...

From Z of GEEEZ:

Terrific article by Mustang and really good comments, too.

I don't see our gov't ever becoming "Of the people" again, frankly. "We the people" suddenly should be finished with "We the people ... in the White House and on Capitol Hill"( or Capital...even that spelling isn't definitive, believe it or not...Google it!)

I mean, HOW could this HAPPEN that this woman with a bad batting average is suddenly getting HUGE money for this nightmare website?
And Sebelius...Mustang's right...how easy to say "I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY" when there's no consequence.
But, oh you can rest assured the media's headline was "Sebelius takes full responsibility!" WHAT A GIRL, huh? BIG F'ing DEAL (you should pardon my language...sorry, but...)

Maybe it's just too big a country to be run by a federal gov't now?
I've often considered that. I ask myself so often "What HAPPENED? WHy are things spinning out of control??" Of course, most of us didn't think this quite so strongly until five years ago. Honestly.

Whatever is too top heavy falls... Just a law of physics.

I wish a bunch of really successful business men, Dems and Reps, could get together and talk about what can be done. Honestly.

LOUIS: You're an amazingly honest, FAIR man. I'm very proud to have you here.

JonBerg said...

I've been asking this question for quite some time. Why isn't this a major topic of news? OK, please I know about the MSM but I've heard nothing on FOX or any of the Talk Radio programs either. Nevertheless they all keep going, on other parts of this fiasco, ad nauseam.

Marine4Ever said...

@ Louis H. -- You are ever so right and I commend your attitude, Louis! We must maintain our sell respect and what is happening is beneath our dignity! (Out of curiosity, the H after your first name wouldn't stand for 'Howard,' would it?)

Anonymous said...

FROM Z:


Marine4..you don't think............?? :-)

Ed Bonderenka said...

JonBerg: I brought it up on Bill Bennets show and he was surprised, so they fact checked me.
I asked him last week to ask congress critters on air about it.
It hasn't happened.https://db.tt/RCBYlFtC

Liberalmann said...

She was three years behind Michelle at College and it was not a no-bid contract. Stop lying.

Louis H. said...

Ce qui ? Non, c'est la première lettre de mon pays.

Mustang said...

@ Liberalman

What is your point? You are 89 years behind Vladimir Lenin, but still a communist.

Anonymous said...

From Z:

Ed...what hasn't happened?

It wasn't 'no bid'? That would be a relief, at least.. Or ..?
Please let us know. I don't know what that link is, frankly...the radio show? I can't listen from work..what's up?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

FROM Z:

I hear Obama's sorry that 'some Americans' are losing the insurance they liked so much...
SO, since he's 'sorry', now what?
He's going to 'fix it', apparently.
HOW?

This is a rough deal, folks.

Mustang said...

The only thing Obama is going to fix is the cost of Obama care as it applies to union workers. You know how this works, right?

JonBerg said...

Obama is "sorry" alright; the sorriest excuse for a leader to ever disgrace the White House and that's really saying something given that we have had to endure the likes of LBJ, etc. !

Marine4Ever said...

@ Louis -- Just wondering.

Kid said...

I read today that they knew the day before they turned this healthcare.gov site on that it would only handle 1100 people a DAY.

Personally, I think this is both obama's giving America the Finger and laughing so hard they can't be reached for a day or so. They've done it Many times before.

Seriously.

Kid said...

Duck, the way the media POUNDED on Bush, don't you know if these type deals were going down under Bush, they wouldn't STILL be front page news? If not, you're not paying much attention.

Nope, these deals are all deals where buddies and people obama's Owe money to are making out like NEVER BEFORE. Half billion for solyndra is not even the tip of the iceberg. They're raping this country at maximum levels with the hope of the democrat media.

You'll figure it out in another 30-40 years maybe, if you're even interested. I'm really talking to all libs here.

Kid said...

Sam's Right, this is the fault of the population for becoming so weak and stupid to allow such corrupt imbeciles to rise to power.

Evil will always be there. It Used to ge laughed out of town. Now it is welcomed by fake victims with visions of easy money in their heads.

Kid said...

JonBerg, there are no journalists anymore.

Marine4Ever said...

Now that the First Hustler has said "Sorry 'bout that" the Obamites can all kiss and make up and everything will be okay... just like Mustang said would happen. (I can't really remember if Mustang predicted that, but it's only logical that he would have the foresight to come up with that scenario.)

Kid said...

The only journalist I know of is Michael Savage. Krauthammer isn't bad but he is still has a master who has the bring money in by appealing to as large a swath of our 3rd world population as possible.

You can't tell the truth and stay in business. Simple as that.

Kid said...

Not a no bid contract??? Bs, but just for fun... So it magically goes to michele's friend. After paying 10 times to much for it. (More than that actually, I'm in the business), and it doesn't work upon being put into production, you get money back from the developer, you don't give them another 7 million.

This is Maximum incompetency at best, but we all know it's stealing without the slightest fear of reprisal or consequence by Anyone involved.

I know this is a complex concept for libtards, so I suggest they read it a couple million times, then go hire a tutor to explain it to them.

Jack Whyte said...

Examples of government incompetence are rife. It doesn’t relate to this post, but I wonder what the likes of Clinton-Bush-Obama are thinking when they champion alternative fuels (ethanol) while millions in the world are starving. Why are we converting corn to fuel additives (and not a very good one) when people need the food?

Kid said...

My Whyte, I've been saying for years that the whole climate movement amounts to genocide. al gore and friends should be at the Hague. Most seriously.

Jack Whyte said...

@ Kid

I agree. This is why I do not and will not support these phony Green programs. Rachael Carson anyone?

Duckys here said...

@kid -- My Whyte, I've been saying for years that the whole climate movement amounts to genocide.
========

Is hyperbole in your vocabulary?

Kid said...

Sure Duck, is Reality in yours?

Impertinent said...

Fascism is a good thing according to the Democrats, nothing to worry about.

If you want your liberty, you can keep your liberty, if you want your free markets (capitalism), you can keep your free markets (capitalism). Period.

Am I close Duck?

Impertinent said...

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. - George Washington

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. - Abraham Lincoln

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

It wasn't my fault! - Obama BS.

Duckys here said...

My question, Imp, would be why do you want to keep your free(LMAO)® market when it has been so inept at managing the health insurance issue.

If you had a method to actually inject competition into he health insurance market and generate competitive pricing I wold happily listen but the free(LMAO)® market has probably been corrupted beyond fixing.

Impertinent said...

@Kid:
" I've been saying for years that the whole climate movement amounts to genocide. al gore and friends should be at the Hague. Most seriously."

"Far from disappearing, Antarctic ice levels reached a record high on Sept. 22.

Climate alarmists are now being forced to reconcile this evidence with their unquestioning belief in global warming.

The Washington Post’s Jason Samenow reported the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s findings that Antarctic ice had reached record levels. The previous record was set in 2012."


"Climatologist are ready to commit suicide in record numbers"?

Robert Sinclair said...

What I cannot fathom are the witless ravings of so-called social intelligentsia who wave their arms to emphasize their mindless lunacy, issuing spittle on anyone unfortunate enough to stand near by as they spew out inane theories that have proven not to work by the blood and suffering of innocents, themselves having not the courage or conviction to resist it. And now here we are nearly 100 years later having to contend with the same kinds of deviants, now huddled among us, spoiling what has taken so long to build. They poison our air, along with the minds of our children, and they gloat at their successes. It makes me sick.

impertinent said...

Duck: maybe because it was designed to work well in our system of free enterprise?

And so far the tinkering has and is ready to kill the patient?

And an entire industry?

Z said...

Ducky, I agree, but what about insurance over state lines? That would breed better competition.
Since when are you favoring FREE MARKET?

And there IS competition between insurance companies.

I have always been VERY well served by my Blue Shield. I paid nearly ZIP when my dear Mr Z went through what he did.

What my beef is the health BUSINESS...not health INSURANCE business...the health BUSINESS is out of control.
My sis spent 3 hours , out patient, and had something in her foot fixed...she was under for about 20 minutes. The bill is $33,000 dollars...IN for 3 HOURS.

THAT, I believe, is unfixable, Ducky...how do you get things to cost less???

Kid said...

@IMP ""Climatologist are ready to commit suicide in record numbers"? "

We can only hope.But they won't. Just like libards they are incapable of admitting mistake. Instead they quadruple down on stupid into infinity.

I read 2 days ago that 'greenhouse gases' have record record levels. We know the Earth has gotten cooler the last 15 years. So, the theory is BS. There is no debate left.

Stupid people are so annoying. I wish I could talk to Einstein and find out how he dealt with it.

Kid said...

Z, So, back to healthcare.

Did you see where the FDA is going to ban trans fats? Ahh, Ok, probably not a big deal, but watch how this snowballs in society, once the gov puts the private insurers out of business. That's going to happen quick.
Then once we're all on single payer, guess what.. The government will be entitled to do everything it can to 'keep us healthy' and 'keep costs down'.

No more salt on restaurant tables. No more sugar. Replaced with garbage that no one really knows the health effects of.

They're going to regulate so much, maybe Duck will even recognize it.

Healthcare was an Easy fix. Throttle the lawyers, remove the regulation, allow doctors to do what they do best - treat patients versus satisfy the governments insatiable thirst for red tape.

Congress (and those who control it) has evolved from a meet when necessary group to a micro-managing pack of information and power hungry morons.

Has anyone noticed the volume of news dedicated to politics? Seems like at least 80% if you remove the serious garbage like Entertainment, Sports and Health.
In my opinion, and the opinion of other experts, the % of news dedicated to politics should be about 5%, a little more around elections.

Why is this? Politicians are afraid of us. They are insecure in their position. It's why they shower us with [false] information about themselves and constant whining about their political adversaries.

It's like we're being forced to watch constant kindergarten playground wars. I don't watch. Somehow magically, I stay informed, and much better informed than most.