How Much Has Cost?

Posted on: November 13th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The federal government has spent “north of 600 million” dollars through the end of September on the new online federal insurance portal, a top GAO official testified Wednesday. This is the first official estimate of what has been spent to date.

David Powner, director of IT management issues at the GAO, told the House Oversight Committee that the cost figure to date covers CMS, HHS, and other agency spending connected to the site and associated data hub. He said the estimate is based on documents from the Office of Management and Budget.

As for how much more it’s going to cost to fix it: “We’re kind of blind to that,” Powner said. “I think that’s a key question, how much that will end up being.”

No one else on the panel could provide a cost estimate for the repairs.

On Oct. 30, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified that her agency had spent $118 million on the website itself and “about $56 million has been expended on other IT to support the web.”

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