Background: in February of 2013 the relevant players in the Cover Oregon Obamacare debacle – and they knew that it was a debacle, even then; the Democrat-controlled Oregon state government just forgot to tell anyone – had a rather emotionally intense meeting that produced, among other things*, a list of issues/action items/whatnot. And that’s important, because…
Tucked away on page four of that list is a brief item labeled “Oracle Contract Issues.” It touches on contracts and accounting the state used with Oracle – the vendor hired to provide much of the website’s software and technical support – that were “inconsistent with generally acceptably industry best practice procedures.”
Here’s where things get interesting.
The report goes on to say the issue was resolved, citing an audit by the Secretary of State’s office that “found everything in order.”
But the KATU On Your Side Investigators have learned that that audit – the only piece of evidence used to dismiss major accountability problems surrounding a contract that eventually grew to $119 million – doesn’t exist.
This is important because Oregon Health Authority head Carolyn Lawson was not subject to normal transparency requirements when it came to Cover Oregon’s contract with Oracle. Lawson happens to have what KATU calls “close long-term ties to Oracle” and a prior history of funneling the company contracts in an inappropriate fashion**. Lawson has also since resigned; whether that’s enough will be, in fact, up to the Oregon state government…
Note the lack of the usual adjective, there. 2014 is an election year, after all. 2015 may very well have a new set of state officials involved; ones associated with politicians who ran on a campaign of We Are Not Amused…
*A basic sense of chivalry forbids me from being any more specific than that. Click on the link and you’ll see why.
**How did the Democratic-controlled Oregon state government miss that? … the question answers itself, doesn’t it?