Administration picks new contractor to lead

The Obama administration has tapped a new contractor to run

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Saturday that it had tapped the consulting firm Accenture to take over maintenance of the site. The firm has agreed to a year-long contract worth at least $90 million, according to previous reports.

The new arrangement came just days after the administration decided to fire the original contractor, CGI Federal, over the botched rollout of the healthcare reform law’s web portal.

“As CMS moves forward in our efforts to help consumers access quality, affordable health coverage, we have selected Accenture to become the lead contractor for the portal and to prepare for next year’s open enrollment period,” CMS said in a statement.

Technical woes over the website bedeviled consumers from trying to enroll in new healthcare plans, and have proven to be a political headache for the administration for weeks.

However, CMS noted that over 1.1 million consumers had enrolled in private plans through the federal marketplace in the Accenture announcement.