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HealthCare.gov becomes poster child for IT reform

Jan. 16, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), wants IT reform bills passed. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

The botched development and roll out of Healthcare.gov underscores the need for federal IT reform and the efficient use of cloud computing, according to a pair of House lawmakers.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said there were too many officials involved in the development of the website and no one with ultimate authority over the project.

Speaking at the Meritalk Cloud Computing Brainstorm in Washington, on Jan. 16, he said the administration should have purchased and modified an existing IT program and used cloud computing to share that program across all states, instead of spending billions of dollars on grants to create the same program 30 times.

“It was simply made new for no particular reason except for lots of people who wanted a legacy,” Issa said.

He called for the passage of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, which would boost IT spending transparency, and for the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which would create accountability and focus agency purchasing power within agency chief information officer offices.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., also called for the passage of the bills to help improve federal IT spending and operations in the wake of Healthcare.gov

“A technical failure in the website called into question the value of the whole enterprise. It was a management failure,” Connolly said at the event.

He said agencies need to do a better job of using technology such as cloud computing to make their operations more efficiency and save taxpayer money.

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