Over the past couple of weeks the media has continued to harp about the failures of the Obamacare website, but they have failed to recognize the true story. The true story is that government contractors have continuously failed to deliver quality products on time and within budget. These failures have cost taxpayers billions due to overrun costs and failures to meet schedules and technical requirements, but will surely go unnoticed in the upcoming budget negotiations as long as the media continues to ignore the issue.
What the public is unaware of is that the world of government contracting revolves around the concept of the “lowest bidder” or “lowest price-technically acceptable”. This means that the proposal with the lowest price wins. What’s even more inexplicable is that government contractors are going to extreme lengths to win over contracts and are setting prices that are unrealistic in order to get the work done. It has become clear that in this “price to win” strategy, getting the work done is not the goal, but winning the work is.
In addition to this, government contracts are constantly being renegotiated because of “unforeseen costs and technical issues” which forces the government to end up spending more money due to the importance of the work that needs to be done. What’s even worse is the practice of “selling and keeping sold” that continues to drain the government and taxpayers of their money. This is the practice of winning a contract and convincing the government to continue past the original termination date by adding additional functionality to the original requirements.
The Obamacare website is therefore a symptom and not the root cause of the issue. It is time for the media to shine light on this issue in order to stop these disturbing practices and save the taxpayers money.