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A House committee released a letter from CGI, one of the main developers of the government's health insurance website.  

The Hill: Oversight Documents: Contractor Kicks Blame Back To HHS
House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released documents late Tuesday from one of the primary ObamaCare contractors that show the company warned a key government agency that there wasn't adequate time to test the system before going live. According to the documents, employees at CGI Federal said in a status report that "due to the compressed schedule, there is not enough time built in to allow for adequate performance testing" (Easley, 10/29).

The Washington Post: CGI Warned Of Problems A Month Before Launch, Documents Show
The firm, which was responsible for both constructing key elements of the sites and helping interweave them, cautioned that "hub services are intermittently unavailable" and the time allotted for testing was "not adequate to complete full functional, system, and integration testing activities." They rated problems as "near certainty" and "highly likely" and rated the impact as "significant" or "severe."  CGI turned over the report to the House panel in response to an Oct.23 letter asking for more information (Eilperin, 10/29).

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