Issa Subpoenas Obamacare Contractor QSSI

The congressman wants to know why HealthCare.gov wasn’t fully tested.

Darrell Issa listens during a meeting of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, which he chairs, on Thursday, April 14, 2011.
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Clara Ritger
Oct. 29, 2013, 12:14 p.m.

Rep. Dar­rell Issa, R-Cal­if., on Tues­day sub­poenaed con­tracts and oth­er doc­u­ments from QSSI, the com­pany tapped to fix Health­Care.gov.

The Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment last week had named QSSI, the con­tract­or hired to cre­ate the data hub for the Af­ford­able Care Act ex­change, as the lead con­tract­or to fix prob­lems with the web­site.

Issa sub­poenaed QSSI’s HHS con­tracts, in­clud­ing fund­ing, as well as all com­mu­nic­a­tion between the com­pany and HHS, the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Budget, the White House, and the Of­fice of the Vice Pres­id­ent.

He had sent QSSI a let­ter on Oct. 23 re­quest­ing the com­pany to sub­mit the in­form­a­tion with­in two days, or be sub­ject to a sub­poena. “It is cru­cial that you provide in­form­a­tion quickly be­cause of the ser­i­ous con­cerns about data se­cur­ity re­lated to the lack of test­ing,” the let­ter stated.

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