And that’s not just my assessment of the man’s abilities: that’s USA Today‘s.
[Barack Obama’s Chief Technology Adviser Todd] Park said the administration expected 50,000 to 60,000 simultaneous users. It got 250,000. Compare that with the similarly rocky debut seven years ago of exchanges to obtain Medicare drug coverage. The Bush administration projected 20,000 simultaneous users and built capacity for 150,000.
That’s the difference between competence and incompetence.
Via Mary Katharine Ham, and note that that assessment was made ten days ago. Things have not improved for the administration since. Heck, it’s an open question whether or not HHS is going to get sued for, God help us all, software piracy:
Healthcare.gov, the federal government’s Obamacare website, has been under heavy criticism from friend and foe alike during its first two weeks of open enrollment. Repeated errors and delays have prevented many users from even establishing an account, and outside web designers have roundly panned the structure and coding of the site as amateurish and sloppy. The latest indication of the haphazard way in which Healthcare.gov was developed is the uncredited use of a copyrighted web script for a data function used by the site, a violation of the licensing agreement for the software.
It takes real skill to pirate open source code, but this administration managed; and they also managed to strip out the credits and leave the developers’ personalized documentation. House Oversight might need to bring in a second committee to handle the overflow on this one.