First, I want to take back anything bad I said about the Affordable Healthcare Website. After what transpired in the last few hours, the Obamacare Website failing should not have been a surprise. In less than ten hours, the over 10,000 workers at Aberdeen Proving Ground were given multiple conflicting status updates about when the post would be open today. I work for the Communication and Electronics COMmand, also known as CECOM. It turns out that CECOM actually stands for Cannot Electronically COMmunicate.
First, it was posted on the official APG Facebook page that the post would have a four-hour delayed opening and that liberal leave is NOT in effect, which soon corrected that liberal leave was in effect. Then I received a text that said it was a two-hour delay on Wednesday the 21st. What? This, of course, was immediately corrected to say Wednesday the 22nd we would have two-hour delayed opening. We also received two phone calls, which I assume say the same things, but I never bothered to listen to them. Of course, this now conflicts with the official Facebook page. So that was then updated to two-hour delay. It was a complete mess.
Of course, after all of that, this morning I got the text and call that APG was actually opening with a four-hour delayed opening. So, after a flurry of activity, everything was back where we started.
I don’t know why, but I would have expected more from leadership, but I must remember, all of this was taken care of by the government. So, is it any wonder that the Obamacare website didn’t work? Sure, it was contracted out, but it is still managed by the mess that is the U.S. Government.
Of course, for an accurate timeline, check out this blog.