Among the hourly rates CGI says it will bill taxpayers are $254.25 for a senior project director and $106.74 for a help desk manager, per a General Services Administration-approved rate schedule. Travel expenses are budgeted at a maximum of $2.7 million for the two-year project.
A statement to U.S. News from CGI suggests the SIROMS system is operational.
"What CGI [provides] is a secure, cloud-based back office system that the Department of Community Affairs uses to manage workflow approval and tracking of fund requests after the program delivery steps are completed by other state contractors and/or DCA partners," said Linda Odorisio, vice president of U.S. communications at CGI.
"While CGI is not responsible for monetary relief, CGI is very proud to be a part of expediting the process of providing relief of funds to victims of Hurricane Sandy," she said.
The company has been on the receiving end of bad press lately because of functionality issues with the healthcare.gov website, which debuted on Oct. 1 and was supposed to help uninsured Americans purchase private health insurance policies mandated by President Barack Obama's 2010 health care reform law.
CGI has a $290 million contract to create and maintain the healthcare.gov website, CGI senior vice president Cheryl Campbell testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Oct. 24. The company has already received $112 million of that sum. Other companies did work on the site, but CGI is the primary contractor "in charge of knitting all the pieces together," The Washington Post reports. The website's unsuccessful rollout was a major embarrassment to the Obama administration.