Government Bytes


The Late Edition: November 25, 2013

by Curtis Kalin / /

Thanksgiving Week Taxpayer News!

No-bid fix: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are attempting to fix the failure of the Obamacare website by awarding another multi-million dollar no-bid contract. Novitas Solutions will be paid $12 million to work on the financial management of the site, which launched October 1.  Reuters has more.

Payment delays: The state of Illinois’ human services organizations have been experiencing a historic backlog in payments to taxpayers.  As of last week the total owed to citizens totaled $8.8 billion. More information on the State Journal Register.

Cost guzzler: A new report from the National Legal and Public Policy Center shows that Americans are paying an average of $176 for each gallon of gas saved by the public funding of the Chevy Volt. Tax dollars have “saved” over 17 million gallons of gas to date at a cost of over $3 billion.