Had trouble using Healthcare.gov? You’re certainly not alone. Well, take comfort in the knowledge that CGI — the Canada-based company charged with developing the glitchy site — also was hired to build a huge (and hugely expensive) computer system for the state of West Virginia.
As Dave reports in today’s paper, CGI Federal is one of 55 companies contracted to help build the health insurance marketplace site, and is in charge of the largest portion of the work.
The same company was hired by the state a few years back to build its WV OASIS project, an all-encompassing computer system meant to manage everything from department budgets to payroll.
State Auditor Glen Gainer said the OASIS roll-out is going just fine, however.
“The system that they’re implementing here is one that they’ve already employed in 16 to 20 states,” Gainer said. “It’s a tried and true system.”
In other news…
- A recent audit of the state Bureau for Children and Families found few protections for Child Protective Services workers. There were no uniform safety policies, and few ways for workers to communicate with their supervisors from the field.
- That poor Parkways Authority. Somebody’s always trying to dissolve it. But as we learned during Tuesday’s interim meetings, that’s easier said than done.
- If the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways gets its way, tolls on the Turnpike soon will increase. That probably will lead to an increase in E-Z Pass users, as Parkways director Greg Barr recently told me.
- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey spent some time in Virginia earlier this week, stumping for GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.
- The recent federal government shutdown will delay the National Transportation Safety Board’s rep0rt on last year’s Sissonville gas line explosion.