Washington Post: How the U.S. vaccination drive came to rely on an army of consultants

Washington Post: How the U.S. vaccination drive came to rely on an army of consultants. “When Gavin Newsom outsourced key components of California’s vaccine rollout to the private sector during the pandemic’s darkest days last winter, the Democratic governor promised the changes would benefit the most vulnerable. His ‘number one’ reason for handing the reins to Blue Shield of California, an Oakland-based health insurance company, was ‘equity’ — delivering vaccine doses to those at greatest risk, many in communities of color, he said in February. But the $15 million contract with Blue Shield, plus another $13 million for McKinsey, did not deliver on that promise, according to state and county officials, as well as public health experts.”

The Next Web: Companies made millions building unemployment websites that didn’t work

The Next Web: Companies made millions building unemployment websites that didn’t work. “States continue to spend millions of dollars hiring Deloitte, IBM, and other contractors to build and fix unemployment websites, even amid growing concerns about the quality of their work. And the crush of unemployment applications flooding in around the country since the pandemic hit have only made the situation worse.”