A pretty startling discussion occurred yesterday between NC Republican Congressman Mark Meadows and some of the IT wizards charged with getting Healthcare.gov up and running.
Rep. Meadows questioned the White House chief technology officer Todd Park and Henry Chao, the chief digital architect, about some pretty basic concepts.
Like, how do they define "success?" What are the metrics to be used? How can Americans judge the progress o December 1, when the website is supposed to be "fixed."
Chao also said that during about two dozen meetings with the White House officials about the website, there was never any discussion about whether the October 1 launch date might be problematic.
Chao said the meetings were highly-specific to individual tasks, so there was never any thought paid to whether the site could be up and running by the deadline.
I'm no IT or management wizard, but this seems pretty amazing to me. How could people working on such a massive project that includes all sorts of benchmarks, deliverables, and deadlines not know whether the thing was going to work upon launch?
Are we to assume that every single area Chao and all his colleagues in all of those meetings were responsible for worked properly and launched on-time? That everything THEY were working on was fine, and they had no clue how the entire project would work on Day One?
Watch the video:
And the website probably won't be working by the NEW deadline of December 1, either.
-March 3, 2014-
3:00 -- Pete makes an uncontested arrival in the studio to discuss the Russian uncontested arrival in Ukraine.
4:00 -- More discussion on Russia's uncontested arrival in Ukraine. Plus, NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest joins us to talk about his visit today to Asheville. Also, an update on the Kelo v. New London eminent domain case.
5:00 -- More on Russia, Russian dressing, and the horrors of Pete's childhood breakfasts. Plus, homeless Jesus statue causes outrage in Davidson, NC.
March 4, 2014
3:00 -- The Commissioner of the Southern Conference, John Iamarino, joins us to talk about the SoCon basketball tournament in town this week. Plus, the NC Democratic Party Chairman says party leaders don't "believe in the goodness of their neighbors."
4:00 -- Asheville City Council can't seem to figure out how to crack down on graffiti.
5:00 -- John Marshall joins us to appraise YOUR record albums.
March 5, 2014
3:00 -- Another delay in the implementation of Obamacare - this one specifically designed to shield vulnerable Democrats in the upcoming midterm election.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from the Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest issue on news stands today. Plus, if you think the local graffiti debate is over the "line between art and vandalism" - you've already lost the debate.
5:00 -- Sen. Kay Hagan votes to confirm to the DOJ a lawyer who defended cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Plus, what's the difference between a hot tub and a jacuzzi?
March 6, 2014
3:00 -- Roger McCredie from the Tribune joins us to talk about the City of Asheville's attempt to take over the Pack Place building.
4:00 -- The Asheville City School Board adopts a lottery to pay 25% of teachers
5:00 -- A teachers union launches a website called "Cashing In On Kids" to attack private companies looking to educate kids. Plus, the Sicilian Space Program launches a connolo into space.
February 28, 2014
3:00 -- Russia invades Ukraine; Buncombe County Board of Elections asks to reduce its early voting hours for the primary; Kay Hagan goes to Seattle to raise money comes back a "middle-out minion"; NC NAACP President says vouchers aimed at getting poor black kids out of failing government schools is the same as 1950s white racists who tried to use vouchers to get white kids out of going to school with black kids.
4:00 -- The last time Federal agents devoted massive resources to investigating voter fraud was 1982 in Chicago, where 100,000 fraudulent votes were discovered (about 10% of the total cast).
5:00 -- The President interrupts Pete's show to express his disapproval of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Plus, voter fraud and monogamous flies.