Darrell Issa Subpoenas HHS for Enrollment and Testing Data

WASHINGTON - MAY 28: U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) speaks to the media during a news conference May 28, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Issa spoke on the allegation about the job offer by the White House to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) in exchange his drop-out from the Democratic senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter. 
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Oct. 31, 2013, 7:38 a.m.

Rep. Dar­rell Issa, R-Cal­if., sub­poenaed the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment late Wed­nes­day, a House Over­sight Com­mit­tee spokes­wo­man said.

The sub­poena re­ques­ted un­re­dac­ted doc­u­ments con­tain­ing in­form­a­tion about Health­Care.gov‘s tech­nic­al prob­lems, user ca­pa­city, test­ing, design, and soft­ware prob­lems. Issa is also seek­ing in­form­a­tion about test­ing and tech­nic­al is­sues in the fed­er­al data hub and ex­changes.

Dur­ing con­gres­sion­al hear­ings earli­er this week, both HHS Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us and the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices Ad­min­is­trat­or Mar­ilyn Taven­ner de­clined to of­fer en­roll­ment spe­cif­ics. Issa’s sub­poena re­ques­ted the num­ber of health in­sur­ance en­roll­ment at­tempts on Health­Care.gov and the total en­roll­ment num­ber. HHS has said on mul­tiple oc­ca­sions that it would re­lease monthly en­roll­ment re­ports and an­ti­cip­ates that Oc­to­ber’s re­port will be re­leased by mid-Novem­ber.

Issa’s re­quest co­in­cides with the re­lease of a CMS memo signed by Taven­ner on Sept. 27 in­dic­at­ing a high-risk se­cur­ity threat with Health­Care.gov, and a Health­Care.gov con­tract­or’s re­port sent to HHS earli­er in Septem­ber that signaled there was not enough time to com­plete ne­ces­sary test­ing of the web­site.

“The Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fail­ure to provide an­swers about what led to the dis­astrous launch of Health­Care.gov and what is be­ing done to fix it is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able,” Issa said in a press re­lease. “The evid­ence is mount­ing that the web­site did not go through prop­er test­ing, in­clud­ing crit­ic­al se­cur­ity test­ing, and that the Ad­min­is­tra­tion ig­nored re­peated warn­ings from con­tract­ors about on­go­ing prob­lems.”

The dead­line for HHS to re­spond to the sub­poena is Nov. 13 at noon, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

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