Created: 01/12/2014 8:59 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Accenture Federal Services, a technology company, will officially become the lead contractor for HealthCare.gov.
The administration announced Accenture's one-year contract to continue technical improvements to the Health Insurance Marketplace website on Saturday.
Expectations for the company are high after the problems that plagued CGI Federal, the initial contractor for the job.
Following a transition period on the current program, Accenture will provide services to support the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) to prepare for open enrollment in October 2014, including 24/7 support.
Accenture is expected to improve enrollment functions, generation and transmission of enrollment forms, and feature related to special enrollment periods, among other services. Accenture also will develop new capabilities required for future phases of program implementation.
The year-long contract is worth $45 million for the initial phase of the project, which includes a transition plan to define the work required. The contract will be based on mutually agreed upon work plans, which will help define the final value of the one-year contract.
Accenture has previously built, and continues to maintain, large-scale, highly interactive public-facing websites and portals for the federal government, including the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Education.
Accenture's U.S. headquarters are based out of Chicago, but they do have a location in downtown Minneapolis as well.