CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The main contractor behind the problem-plagued federal health insurance exchange website is the same Canadian company that has a $110 million contract to design a computer system that will manage all West Virginia state government accounts.
But state officials say CGI Group Inc. has assigned separate divisions to the state and federal projects.
CGI's Public Sector group is handling the West Virginia state government computer system overhaul -- also known as "WV OASIS" and "Enterprise Resource Planning."
Meanwhile, CGI Federal -- a subsidiary of CGI Group -- developed the federal website, which has been plagued by numerous technical problems that have prevented people from signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
"We're not working with CGI Federal," said Traci Phillips, communications director for WV OASIS.
The state's contract with Montreal-based CGI includes provisions to ensure the technology company is held accountable if something goes wrong with the West Virginia government computer system.
Under the contract, the state can withhold up to 15 percent of the money it owes CGI at different stages of the project, if the state isn't satisfied with the firm's work.
"We have safeguards in place," Phillips said.