An anonymous reader writes: Administration officials approached the contractors last week to see if they could perform the necessary repairs and reboot the system by Nov. 1.
... Some specialists working on the project said the online system required such extensive repairs that it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline for people to sign up for coverage ... experts said the technological problems of the site went far beyond the roadblocks to creating accounts that continue to prevent legions of users from even registering. ... One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly. ... One major problem slowing repairs ... the federal agency in charge of the exchange, is responsible for making sure that the separately designed databases and pieces of software from 55 contractors work together. ... and numerous people involved in the project said the agency did not have the expertise to do the job ... Insurance executives said in interviews that they were frustrated because they did not know the government’s plan or schedule ... the system provides them with incorrect information about some enrollees, repeatedly enrolls and cancels the enrollments of others, and simply loses the enrollments of still others. .... CGI Federal, a unit of the CGI Group, ... has the biggest contract and is responsible for the architecture of major parts of the system, but not for its integration.