Obamacare Website Contractor Paid $4M to Fix Own Mistakes

A leading contractor charged taxpayers $4 million to mop up errors the company itself caused in the federal Obamacare website, an inspector general reported Tuesday, saying the government refused to pay just $270,000 of the bill.

CGI Federal, one of the main vendors responsible for the HealthCare.gov website that repeatedly crashed during the rollout of Obamacare, billed taxpayers $56 million for its work from Oct. 1, 2013, through February 2014 — including $4 million for cleaning up glitches on the website, the Health and Human Services inspector general said.

The contractor was dropped from the project that February.

The inspector general retraced the spat between the administration and CGI Federal, and said it couldn’t be sure if the $270,000 the government withheld was the appropriate amount because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the HHS agency that oversaw the website, did not validate the data.

“The invoices did not identify details necessary to support the charges, such as the employees’ names, hours worked by each employee, and the employees’ hourly rates,” the report said.