Senior QSSI Official Testifies No Knowledge of Tech Surge; Next Day, Administration Discloses QSSI to Lead Efforts

October 25, 2013

In a blog post on Sunday, October 20, the administration announced a so-called tech surge would be undertaken to improve the troubled health care law’s exchange sign-up process, writing, “Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve” For days, no further details were released, even as questions emerged about who is involved with the project and how much they are being paid. At Thursday’s hearing, PPACA Implementation Failures: Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose, Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO) asked the contractors, “Who are these ‘best and brightest’ that are coming in to fix this website?” A senior representative from QSSI who was testifying told Gardner he did not know who was involved and he was, “not familiar with this situation.”

Just one day later, The Washington Post reports, “QSSI will lead efforts to fix the website. The technology firm will become a general contractor for the effort to fix, overseeing a project that involves lots of other contract companies.”

“We learned at Thursday’s hearing that this entire project has been poorly managed at the top and the left hand does not seem to know what the right hand is doing. Today’s announcement only underscores that concern,” said Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “It does not instill confidence that senior officials at QSSI who have been at the forefront of the mess are kept in the dark about being selected to be the savior for the project. Once again we ask, didn’t know or didn’t disclose?”

“Obamacare has turned into a real life Abbott and Costello routine. Every new revelation that comes out about the disastrous rollout of this law shows how much of a debacle this really is,” said Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO). “When I asked QSSI who was in charge of fixing the website, they had no clue that they in fact were the ones who were in charge. The American people deserve a delay of the individual mandate at the very least, so Congress can figure out how to de-construct this ticking time bomb immediately.”

Watch the exchange with Rep. Gardner and QSSI here.