No accountability

Someone needs to look into the political donations this company has made… or who in Washington D.C. owns stock in it.  And Americans generally need to be paying MUCH more attention and demanding this kind of thing not be allowed to happen:

Seven months after federal officials fired CGI Federal for its botched work on Obamacare website, the IRS awarded the same company a $4.5 million IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program.

CGI is a $10.5 billion Montreal-based company that has forever been etched into the public’s mind as the company behind the bungled Obamacare main website.

After facing a year of embarrassing failures, federal officials finally pulled the plug on the company and terminated CGI’s contract in January 2014.

Yet on Aug. 11, seven months later, IRS officials signed a new contract with CGI to provide “critical functions” and “management support” for its Obamacare tax program, according to the Federal Procurement Data System, a federal government procurement database.

The entire government acquisition process is broken, because suppliers never face existential penalties for failure to perform.  Sure, there’s the occasional fine or public tongue-lashing, but the large Treasury checks still get written and cashed.  Meanwhile, the taxpayers continue to get bilked for shoddy contracting.  It’s not just the “military-industrial complex;” it’s the “government-favored industries-corporate campaign contributions” complex.

This is but one of many important reasons government needs to be small with very specific and narrowly defined roles.  If history demonstrates anything, it’s that the private sector is almost always more efficient — and effective — with the provision of goods and services.  For those few functions that are inherently governmental, extreme close scrutiny should always be the norm.  Cutting down on the amount of government activity in general would greatly facilitate that.


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