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In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 computer frame grab, the HealthCare.gov website is displayed. Bob Laszewski, a Washington, D.C.-based health care industry consultant, suspects the dearth of early enrollment data conceals an extremely slow start thanks to widely reported technical problems. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the exchanges in 36 states, does not expect to release enrollment data until the middle of November. (AP Photo/HealthCare.gov)

At least, that's what the administration is promising -- the same administration still insisting that "the system is not failing":

The Obama administration vowed Friday that the problem-plagued, federal website handling Obamacare's public health exchanges would be fixed by the end of November.

“By the end of November, the vast majority of consumers will be able to smoothly enroll,” former Office of Management and Budget Director Jeff Zients, appointed by the administration to review the glitch-filled website, told reporters.

It's the first time the administration has issued a timeline for when the federal health website would be fixed.

Zients also announced that a new general contractor — Quality Software Systems Inc. — had been selected to oversee the changes to the website.

QSSI was one of the contractors involved with implementing healthcare.gov. The firm, however, was in charge of building the data hub, which Zients said has been working smoothly.

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