Oversight Committee: Administration Passed on Offers to Help Fix Obamacare Website

Darrell Issa listens during a meeting of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, which he chairs, on Thursday, April 14, 2011.
National Journal
Sophie Novack
Oct. 30, 2013, 3 a.m.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion seems to have turned down of­fers by Amazon and Mi­crosoft to help re­pair the prob­lem-rid­den fed­er­al ex­change web­site, Re­u­ters re­ports.

Rep. Dar­rell Issa, R-Cal­if., chair­man of the House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee, sent a let­ter to sev­er­al tech com­pan­ies ask­ing about their in­volve­ment in Health and Hu­man Ser­vice’s new “tech surge” to fix Health­Care.gov. The Re­pub­lic­an-led Over­sight Com­mit­tee re­leased some of the re­sponses, which an Issa spokes­wo­man said “raise even more ques­tions about who at HHS is do­ing what to solve the prob­lems” with the web­site.

The Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices an­nounced last week that QSSI would take over as lead con­tract­or for the “tech surge.” Issa has sub­poenaed the con­tract­or for doc­u­ments re­lated to its con­tract. 

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