special report

The Technology Behind Obamacare

The Oct. 1 launch of proved rocky. The website was supposed to help people choose and enroll in health care plans, as required under the Affordable Care Act, but most early visitors experienced only glitch-filled frustrations.

Below is Nextgov's continuing coverage of the technology that will make or break the Obama administration's signature policy initiative.


HHS Debuts New and Improved -- The 'Back' Button Now Works

October 8 Officials hope rigorous testing will avert a repeat of last year's fiasco.

House Oversight Committee member Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.,

Contracting Officers: Take a Look, It's in a Book

September 19 "The problem is the average contracting officer doesn’t know how."

Officials Pulled Code From GitHub Because of ‘Bashing’

September 18 Republicans release CMS emails about pulling code from open-source site.

Breached Server Still Had Default Password

September 18 Hack did not compromise any data or personal information, DHS official tells Congress.

Former Chief Technology Officer Todd Park.

Todd Park Subpoenaed to Testify on Security

September 17 Panel says new emails contradict former CTO’s previous statements. Still Vulnerable, GAO Says

September 17 Site is still vulnerable today, watchdog says.

Mikey Dickerson the new administrator of the U.S. Digital Service.

Mikey Dickerson: No Paper Pushing at US Digital Service

September 15 The head of the U.S. Digital Service is taking a fix-it first approach to his office.

Todd Park, former U.S. chief technology officer

Lawmakers Seek Todd Park Subpoena Over Security

September 15 Panel charges White House involvement in Obamacare website woes.

Yes, Was Hacked -- But Here's Why It May Not Be That Big of a Deal

September 4 No evidence personal data was breached or even targeted, but malware did end up on Obamacare marketplace

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS secretary

Under Further Scrutiny, Obamacare Website Gets CEO

August 26 Twenty contracts cost more than estimated, while the cost of seven more than doubled.

Lesson Learned from Rollout: White House Launches US Digital Service

August 11 Team will focus on helping agencies improve their digital service delivery.

Is This a Different Kind of Contract?

August 1 In some ways, it looks a lot like the old contracts. Official: Expect Glitches in November

July 31 Still, the agency responsible for the site is in a "vastly different situation," official tells Congress.

Obamacare Website Has Cost $840 Million

July 30 A slew of management failures led to the site's disastrous launch, according to a new GAO report.

The Obama Administration Is Looking for the Next Obamacare Website Contractor

July 17 The bid is probably not going to CGI Federal.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, left, talks with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa

Administration Got What It Deserved in Botched Rollout, Report Says

June 19 Lawmakers attribute the website’s initial failure poor IT and management. Gets a Redesign for Obamacare Enrollment’s 1st Birthday

June 6 Some fear the overhaul won’t be done in time and could result in a failed open season.

MNsure insurance exchange representatives Carlos Villanueva, left, and Emily Joyce prepare for the Oct. 1 open enrollment debut at the center in St. Paul, Minn.

2 Million Obamacare Enrollments Have Data Inconsistencies

June 4 The discrepancies could be the result of false information or changes in circumstances, AP reports.

State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cost Far More Than the Federal Marketplace

May 2 Hawaii spent $920 for each new consumer, while Florida spent only $16.

This Is Who Actually Enrolled in Obamacare

May 1 About 28 percent of enrollees were in the vital 18-to-34-year-old range.