In Obamaworld this all makes perfect sense. Take someone who’s failed miserably and give him a promotion. Faced with the colossal humiliation of his signature scam swirling the drain and his presidency going down with it, the hapless Obama said Monday that he’s all over IT reform or something.
President Obama said Monday he would seek reforms to the federal IT procurement process following the botched rollout of the ObamaCare website.
Blasting the technical glitches as “inexcusable,” the president said he had personally been “very frustrated” with the problems plaguing HealthCare.gov.
“There are a whole range of things we’re going to need to do once we get this fixed, to talk about federal procurement when it comes to IT and how that’s organized,” Obama told a group of top donors and supporters at an Organizing for Action dinner in Washington.
It’s not the first time Obama has called for a revamp of how the federal government buys and uses information technology.
In fact, Jeffrey Zients — the incoming director of the National Economic Council who has been temporarily tasked with bringing the ObamaCare website back online — used to work as the administration’s “chief performance officer.” In that role, Zients led an “Accountable Government Initiative” designed to reform how the government purchased and maintained its information technology services.
Under his direction, the administration in 2010 temporarily halted $3 billion in technology projects in an attempt to reduce costs and improve technology functionality.
In 2010, fixing this stuff was his top priority!
“Too often, IT projects are over budget, behind schedule and fail to deliver results,” he added, according to federal technology magazine FCW. “Fixing IT is central to everything we are trying to do. IT is our top priority.”
We see how well that worked out. Give that man a raise!