Washington (CNN) – The cost of developing the initially-troubled website Healthcare.Gov ballooned to $840 million due to poor planning and management by the federal government, a government audit found.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued website launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office released Thursday.
Those “cost increases” ran into the tens of millions of dollars, the report found.
A GAO official will testify at a House Energy and Commerce hearing Thursday that the task of building an online health exchange from scratch was made more difficult and expensive by compressed time frames and changing requirements.
The federal health exchange serves the 36 states that did not develop their own state programs.
After the disastrous, glitchy rollout of President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, a string of website repairs helped bring enrollment in the health care exchange to 8 million people – exceeding the government’s goal.