IT Staffing Report: Nov. 21, 2013

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CGI won’t discuss Healthcare.gov in conference call

CGI Group Inc. President and CEO Michael Roach said in a conference call with financial analysts the company would not discuss its work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with respect to the Affordable Care Act or the Healthcare.gov website. CGI was the contractor behind the website that has taken public heat when the website began operation amid a spate of highly publicized difficulties.

“As is our practice, we honor our confidentiality agreements with customers and accordingly we do not discuss individual contracts or customers on our analyst calls or any public forum,” Roach told analysts in the Nov. 14 call. “To be clear, we are continuing to work in close partnership with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, the newly appointed general contractor QSSI and other partners to improve the online user experience. Our partnership is collaborative and we are focused on a successful outcome.”

Roach continued “this is not a simple website, but rather a very complex integrated technology platform that for the first time combines the process of selecting, enrolling in insurance and determining insurance eligibility for government subsidies all in one place and in real time. With this in mind, I encourage investors to focus on the volume of testimony and documents making up the public record through various congressional hearings under way, with whom we are cooperating in a fully transparent manner, rather than relying on media reports. In the fullness of time, our role and responsibility in this initiative will become clearer.”

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