Contractors: We Didn't Recommend a Delay

By Eric Scheiner | October 24, 2013 | 11:15 AM EDT


All of the contractors involved with developing the $390 million-plus, problem-plauged website say they didn’t recommend delaying its launch.

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Thursday, representatives of all four contractors involved with the website's development were asked if they made a recommendation to delay the debut of

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) asked Cheryl Campbell of CGI Federal; “Mrs. Campbell, did CGI system pass its test before the system went live?”

“Yes it did,” Campbell replied.

“My understanding is you felt the system was ready to go on October 1, is that right?”

“That is correct.”

“Neither you nor anyone else at the table thought or made a recommendation not to go forward on October 1 because you didn’t think the system was ready,” Waxman continued. “Is that a correct statement?”

“That’s a correct statement,” Campbell said.

Waxman directed the same question to other contractors around the room.

“I refer back to my earlier answer. We did not make a recommendation, we simply made everyone aware of the risks that we saw,” Andrew Slavitt of Optum/QSSI answered.

Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax, replied, “No, we did not make a recommendation.”

“We did not either,” added John Lau, contract representative of Serco.

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