Saturday, January 04, 2014

Federal hiring was not adequate for Obamacare; great mismatch of needs, skills in Europe

The rather random way information technology careers have developed and been counseled over the past fifteen years or so may explain the difficulties some parts of our economy is having in doing its job.
The Wall Street Journal this weekend has a story by Gautham Nagesh, “Health site failures spur push to ease tech hiring”.  It’s true, the USAJOBS site looks welcoming and had a comprehensive way to submit resumes online, but it didn’t result in hiring the kind of people who really could manage the Obamacare healthcare website development and implementation, especially the stress testing, as well as deeper understanding of the business requirements.  The need was not so much for coding skills (contractors supply these) but for management, supervision, and very deep understanding of requirements and how processing would flow.  (The Supreme Court decision in the Medicaid area in 2012 may have thrown a curve, too.)  The link (paywall) is here

The Obamacare project still reminds me of CABCO (Combined Medicare A&B), a failed attempt by seven Blue Cross, Blue Shield plans in Dallas from 1979-1982.   
And Liz Alderman has two recent articles in the New York Times showing the mismatch between university educations in Europe and the tech skills employers need, the most recent Saturday morning, “Many jobs in Europe go begging for skills”, link here

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