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Issa Issues Sebelius Subpoena On Healthcare.gov Website

Shilpa Nagesh |
October 31, 2013 | 1:51 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Flikr Creative Commons)
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Flikr Creative Commons)
After apologizing for her actions involving the HealthCare.gov website on Tuesday, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was subpoenaed by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) today.

(SEE HealthCare.gov Administrator Apologizes For Bad Website)

In an interview with CNN, Issa said that this subpoena includes the documents and other evidence prevalent to the website that they had requested on Oct. 28 and that she "answered some questions but evaded a great many."

Additionally, Issa released a statement today that explains more about the decision:

“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. 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 HHS must provide this information by Nov. 13. Sebelius, meanwhile, will appear in front of the Senate Finance Committee on Nov.6 to further explain her situation.

In the mean time, the Obama administration is planning to team up with Google, Red Hat, and Oracle to fix HealthCare.gov.

The HHS revealed the two representatives from the companies that will help out: Michael Dickerson, a website reliability engineer on leave from Google, and Greg Gershman, a Baltimore-based innovation director with the firm Mobomo.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said in a press conference today that the company is looking forward to doing whatever it takes to help out.

"We are doing everything we can to assist those contractors to make HealthCare.gov a highly performant, highly reliable, highly secure system," he said.

READ MORE about Obamacare and Kathleen Sebelius here.

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