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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:18 am

The nation was shocked to learn that top employees of the poorly operated VA hospitals for veterans received performance bonuses. So it wasn’t much of a surprise that an Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) application processing center in Wentzville was awarded a major federal contract again. It was disclosed that employees of Serco Inc. had little or nothing to do at times and slept and played board games while at work.

News reports said the new contract for Serco Inc. is worth about $98 million. The first year contract was worth about $114 million. According to published reports, the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid gave a five-year, $1.2 billion contract last year to Serco Inc., a British-based company with American headquarters in Virginia. The contract has one-year renewal options.

Whistleblowers brought the allegations of employees having nothing to do to the attention of elected officials and the public. Sen. Roy Blunt and Congressman Blane Luetkemeyer demanded answers. What answers that were given were deemed inadequate by the two members of Missouri’s delegation. Rep. Luetkemeyer said the answers were “vague and woefully incomplete.”

That’s the way it is with trying to get informative answers from some bureaucrats. They talk in circles and are programmed. They don’t give direct answers when appearing before congressional committees or being interviewed on talk shows.

What difference does it make, as per Hillary on another matter?

It does make a lot of difference since it’s taxpayer money that’s involved.

/opinion

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