Thursday, October 31, 2013

Top. Men. (Redux)

Back in April, Bob reported on the CGI Group's recruitment as ObamaTax Exchange developers. In case you were wondering, the "C" in CGI apparently stands for "Canadian," since the firm is headquartered there.

And apparently they use igloos as data warehouses, since their last big government contract didn't go so well:

"Their most famous government project was for the Canadian Firearms Registry. The registry was estimated to cost in total $119 million, which would be offset by $117 million in fees. That’s a net cost of $2 million."

Not a bad deal: register 7 million rifles at a net cost of about $4.50 (assuming that's Canadian dollars, that works out to about US$4.38 in 2004 currency values),

Turns out, they underestimated the actual cost a bit: the original $119 million bid ballooned into an impressive $2 billion final price tag; a staggering "thousand times more expensive."


But here's the kicker: "Canada’s auditor general reported to parliament that much of the information was either duplicated or wrong"

Sound familiar?

Oh, the epilogue:

"CGI was hired to create an entirely new CFIS II, which would operate alongside CFIS I until the old system could be scrapped ...  $81 million was thrown at it before a new Conservative government scrapped the fiasco in 2007"

Wouldn't it have been less expensive - and certainly more efficient - to just flush a fully-laden Brink's truck down a toilet?

[Hat Tip: Ace of Spades]
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