A Dec. 24 column from The Washington Post wondered why such a manifestly unqualified and incompetent firm like CGI won the huge contracts to design and build the Obamacare website. The reporters found CGI's obvious failures (e.g., the design of a "tax system so dysfunctional that a jury awarded a $474 million verdict against the firm") to execute other government contracts which, apart from its size, incompetence, and inexperience, should have immediately disqualified them from consideration.
But the Post conveniently omits the two most obvious reasons why CGI got the contract. First, CGI's vice president (and wife of its CEO) is a friend and classmate of Michelle Obama's from Princeton. Second, CGI's chief lobbyist in Washington is Valerie Jarrett's daughter. In Chicago, this is the way things are done: the fix was in -- as it now is in Washington, D.C.
It's who you know, not competence, integrity, or past performance that counts.
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