Firm Behind Obamacare Website Also Hired to Help 'Quickly Deploy' Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds

CGI Federal was awarded $38 million by New Jersey for efficiency-minded system.

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., speaks during a town hall meeting April 30, 2013, in Long Beach Township, N.J., where Hurricane Sandy caused heavy damage.
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"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.

 

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