The ObamaCare website cost the federal government more than five times the originally contracted amount for computing cloud software, according to government contracts released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
On Tuesday, CMS released documents for its IT contract with the company Verizon Terremark, which is running the cloud component of the flawef Healthcare.gov site. The documents state that the original contract has ballooned in cost from $10.8 million to $59.9 million, since 2011.
CMS claimed it “could not have contemplated” the need for additional IT framework, which required millions in extra costs.
The contract has been changed 12 times between its initial award and Nov. 30, 2013, or the administration’s self-imposed deadline to supposedly “fix” Healthcare.gov following the website’s disastrous rollout last October.
The documents released Thursday also lay out the final two changes needed to “improve performance of the Marketplace” before Nov. 30, which will add to the final ObamaCare website cost an additional $13.9 million.