Bloomberg reports that Google and other Valley companies are contributing “dozens of computer engineers and programmers to help the Obama administration fix the U.S. health-insurance exchange website.”

The help is arriving as the government’s main site to offer health insurance remains plagued by repeated outages a month after its Oct. 1 debut. Among those assisting are Michael Dickerson, a site reliability engineer on leave from Mountain View, California-based Google, and Greg Gershman, the innovation director for smartphone application maker Mobomo, according to a government official who asked not to be identified because the moves haven’t been made public.

The Google engineers are in for a rude awakening when they see the government cafeterias. 

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2 Responses to “Google, Red Hat, Oracle workers enlisted for Obamacare “Tech Surge””

  1. Alex Rodov says:

    Insufficient testing effort and Limited end-to-end view of quality assurance as well lack of proper performance and scalability testing to name few challenges that apparently were the reasons behind this public embarrassment.

    Despite everybody’s best intentions “Too many cooks in the kitchen” without proper overall ownership for quality would unlikely fix this efficiently. Someone must own the end-to-end testing process and report directly to the Government keeping all the vendors honest…

  2. Sam Joy says:

    This is how to make a bad thing technically competent and viable, if only we could make it logically feasible in a failing economy in which jobs and quality of life would then make Health Care feasible for all.
    The intention to provide Health Care for those who lack it is not a bad one…..it’s just the approach and method that makes it inept. I find putting your best engineers into a bad design an oxymoron.