Report: Google, Oracle, and Red Hat tapped to fix

Report: Google, Oracle, and Red Hat tapped to fix

Summary: The Federal Government is calling in the big guns.


In a move that could be described by the cliché "better late than never," it appears the U.S. Government has finally reached out to the experts to fix the beleaguered

Details are minimal at the moment, but CNBC broke the news via Twitter on Thursday shortly before Noon PDT that the Obama administration has tapped at least three Silicon Valley heavyweights to fix the problematic website: Google, Oracle, and Red Hat.

Bloomberg further reported that a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services declared there are now "dozens of software engineers, developers, designers and analysts, who are methodically working around the clock on performance and functionality of" launched at the beginning of October amid the government shutdown, and the digital exchange has been plagued with problems and criticism ever since.

Glitches (putting it mildly) have ranged from site crashes and downtimes, erroneous data, and possible privacy violations.

The health insurance website forms one of the cornerstones of the President's domestic agenda, and there have already been plenty of hearings at the U.S. Capitol this week determining who to pin the blame on within the administration.

President Obama himself deemed the glitches as unacceptable, last week pledging we would see "some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team" in efforts to improve the site.

The extra help will have to act fast. is scheduled to close its doors for registration on December 15 to meet the deadline for 2014 enrollment.

Topics: Government, Google, Health, Legal, Oracle

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  • Now way it will be fixed by end of November as claimed

    maybe they need 50 websites... one for each last name letter A-Z plus extras for the more heavily populated letters. it's going to take 3-4 months.
    • They fixed it!

      New plan,

      every citizen gets a free tablet with a WebMD app and a do it yourself surgery kit.

      No insurance needed lol
  • Perfect

    All I was waiting for was for Google to index my health information.
  • Is it April 1st already

    Can't wait for the pic with Larry Page, Larry Ellison and Jim Whitehurst standing shoulder-to-shoulder and smiling, with Mr. Ellison in the middle, of course.
    Rabid Howler Monkey

      Excellent! Half a kingdom for this photo!
  • No surprises on Google.

    They have the right political connections. Because whenever the government gets involved, it's all about how good your political connections are. For example, if you were a former classmate of the First Lady, your loser company can land a no bid half billion dollar contract.
    • True that

      If you are not playin' the game, the game will get played on you.
    • I'll add to that...

      If I may... "...whenever the government gets involved...", the lowest bidder tends to win.

      "It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract." - Alan Shephard
  • Google?

    Google? Seriously now! I'm not too certain what Google could help with.
    I can understand Oracle with it's acquisition of Sun server division and Red Hat for it's Network Software knowledge. As for Telnet port being left open, it's very easy to close the port to traffic.
    • you know he's goofing right?

      the telnet port is brought up each day in any google/linux related post, and ususally the need to compile everything.
  • Like drilling holes in the bottom of the boat to drain the bilge

    I did some checking and found that was built using Apache, Java (J2EE), JBoss, Red Hat Linux, IBM Websphere, as well as the usual JavaScript front end work.

    These are terrible technologies for a high availability, high throughput system (except for JavaScript on the front end, if kept to a minimum). They satisfy the religious zealotry of the anti-Microsoft crowd, but combined with bad architectural design and bad SDLC management, created this mess.

    Just like Obamacare, the site is a failure because it is built on error after error by people wholly unsuited to the task.
    • Solution

      Bring in Accenture, Microsoft and HP. This worked well for the London Stock Exchange (aka LSE) ...
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • Leave Accenture out and it would have been fantastic

        The best tools are worthless in the hands of idiots.
        Johnny Vegas
        • Yes, but remember, he mentioned Microsoft.

          So what you are really saying is only idiots would use the worst tools. But hey, at least they get daily calls from their MS reps to spend even more money!
    • Microsoft?

      If they used Microsoft products the site would crash after ten people got on. Not a good solution.
      • Ten?

        That's an improvement of 2x.
      • Yep

        Just like how Microsoft, TechNet, MSDN, etc. crash every day from the millions upon millions of visitors they serve. Remember, each of these crash-prone sites are built with Microsoft tools.
        • Pass out what your smoking!

          Stop be greedy and share some of that stuff!
  • databases

    Probably they are all coming in to integrate the different databases they have installed in different agencies which the ACA has to use. They are probably here for the back end work which the administration seems to think is magic.
    • LOL

      > magic

      Didn't the developers have an Easy button?
      none none