As Ars Technica reported Tuesday, people who were “talking to phone support” in an effort to enroll into the exchanges of the Affordable Healthcare program – otherwise known as Obamacare -- were “told that all user passwords are being reset to help address the site's login woes.”
According to registrants speaking with Ars, individuals whose logins never made it to the site's database will have to re-register using a different username, as their previously chosen names are now stuck in authentication limbo.
As Washington Technology noted, BAH – with $3,946,218,000 in government contracts -- is ranked number eight on the Top 100 list of government contractors, behind such notable names as Lockheed Martin, Boing, General Dynamics and Hewlett-Packard.
According to data from Influence Explorer, BAH has also contributed thousands to political campaigns – primarily to Democrats.
While BAH donated $15,550 to Republican President George W. Bush and $51,951 to former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, $54,360 was given to former first lady, former New York senator, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The lion’s share -- $176,757 – went to President Barack Obama.
While BAH has donated $75,329 to the Republican National Committee, $135,718 has gone to the Democratic National Committee Services, Corp.
Campaign for Our Future has received $146,000 from BAH.
Campaign for Our Future was launched by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) during “Leadership Weekend,” held June 13-15, 2008
Described as “a major fundraising initiative, “the five-year, multimillion dollar capital campaign will provide funds to NHF’s chapters for outreach and education programs that benefit the bleeding disorders community."
“The lead benefactor of NHF’s Campaign for Our Future is Novo Nordisk.”
Ironically, data from Open Secrets shows that while Novo Nordisk has contributed $16,196 to the campaigns of House Democratic candidates for the 2014 election cycle, the Denmark-based pharmaceutical company has given $29,348 to House Republican candidates, many of whom oppose Obamacare.
"Only American citizens (and immigrants with green cards) can contribute to federal politics," Open Secrets explains, "but the American divisions of foreign companies can form political action committees (PACs) and collect contributions from their American employees."
For the 2012 election cycle, Open Secrets shows that Novo Nordisk's contributions to Republican and Democratic candidates were nearly identical.
In an Oct. 3, 2012 press release, BAH “announced that it has won 35 healthcare contracts, totaling more than $112 million, in August and September 2012 to support a wide range of federal healthcare agencies and private organizations.”
$26 million to “provide program and project management, strategic planning and analysis, communications, requirements development and analysis, business analysis, and architecture support” to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
$16 million to “fulfill the statutory and regulatory requirements of the ACA (Sec. 1311) specifically the quality rating system and quality improvement strategy” for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
On June 20, 2011, Biz Journals reported that BAH “collected more than $25 million in contract dollars -- most of which came from the Office of Personnel Management under a previously awarded contract for professional and management development training of federal employees.”
On Sept. 9, Market Watch reported that BAH was “awarded a $15.8 million competitive contract to deliver professional and technical support services to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).”
Under the terms of the five-year contract, Booz Allen will provide Geographic Information System (GIS) Science and Technology Services for the Geospatial Research Analysis and Services Program (GRASP).
As explained by Information Technology specialists at Esri, a “geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends.”
As noted by the University of South Carolina, “the applications for geographic information systems (GIS) have become particularly widespread in recent years,” particularly in relation to “governmental and political applications and their applications to social and public services.”
In a June 21 press release, BAH “announced it received a $25.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to provide program and technical support to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Policy in coordination and management of its policy research and assessment.”
The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, competitively awarded earlier [that] month, runs through June 2018.
In a July 24 press release, BAH “announced it has been awarded more than $78 million in competitive contract actions to support critical national health offices in its first quarter of fiscal year 2014.”
On May 5, 2010, Biz Journals reported that BAH “racked up a total of $42.8 million in Department of Defense contract awards -- all aimed at helping the Pentagon move, protect and share information.”
That “information” – highly classified information – was eventually leaked by a BAH employee.
The company reportedly paid him a salary of $200,000 and put the experienced contractor to work at a National Security Agency facility on the islands.
As The Guardian’s Julian Borger reported June 9, “Edward Snowden's employer, is one of America's biggest security contractors and a significant part of the constantly revolving door between the US intelligence establishment and the private sector.”
The current of director of national intelligence (DNI), James Clapper -- who issued a stinging attack on the intelligence leaks -- is a former Booz Allen executive. The firm's current vice-chairman, Mike McConnell, was DNI under the George W Bush administration.
James Woolsey, a former CIA director was also a Booz Allen vice-president, and Melissa Hathaway, another former company executive also once worked as the top aide on cybersecurity to McConnell when he was DNI.
As The New York Daily News noted Wednesday, Snowden “leaked thousands of classified documents about U.S. and British surveillance systems in May to the Guardian newspaper,” an act Attorney General Eric Holder said has “damaged” America’s “national security.”
The Guardian also reported June 6-7 that Snowden revealed that “the NSA has obtained access to the servers of nine giant Internet companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype and AOL. The access has allowed the NSA to monitor user behavior – email, chat, uploads, downloads – on sites associated with those companies.”
“Snowden's decision to reveal his identity as a computer systems administrator for Booz Allen Hamilton, directly handling National Security Agency IT systems,” Borger noted, “raises significant image problems for the $6bn company and its 25,000-strong staff, which has traded on a bond of trust with sensitive clients, particularly the intelligence establishment.”
Citing a host of known problems, Scott Gottlieb, Michael Astrue of The Wall Street Journal predicted the Oct. 1 system crash of the Obamacare website on Sept. 30.
“The biggest risk, they warned, “involves data security.”
As Jackson Adams reported Monday for My Journal Courier, “growing concerns about identity theft and fraud have led the Illinois Department of Insurance to issue a public warning.”
Concern focuses on those charged with assisting Illinoisans with enrollment to the new health insurance exchanges, the so-called “navigators.”
According to the August 2013 “Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator Standard Operating Procedures Manual” issued by HHS, it is the job of these “navigators” to “educate consumers about the health insurance Marketplace, answer health coverage-related questions, and facilitate consumers’ selection of affordable health coverage through the Marketplace.”
“This,” Adams wrote Monday, “will give navigators access to individuals’ personally identifiable information: the information necessary for identity theft.”
These were not the only warnings.
According to a Sept. 18 congressional report -- “Risks of Fraud and Misinformation with ObamaCare Outreach Campaign: How Navigator and Assister Program Mismanagement Endangers Consumers” -- prepared by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – chaired by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa – “the main concern for consumers is the heightened risk of identity theft and financial loss from a poorly managed outreach campaign.”
As Examiner noted Oct. 2, the "2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft" warned that "medical identity theft is quickly becoming a national healthcare issue with life-threatening consequences; and is now the fastest-growing fraud" while "tainting the entire healthcare ecosystem."
According to Washington Technology, BAH -- with $3.7 billion in prime contracting revenue --“came in at No. 9” on 2011’s Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.
Note: Examiner previously cited the website of Campaign for America's Future rather than Campaign for Our Future. As they are not connected, Examiner has removed the link.