CMS top security official testified that she recommended denying the authority to launch HealthCare.gov but other officials decided to go ahead anyway. Teresa Fryer, The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), testified in a transcribed interview with House Oversight and Government Reform…
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“Documents and interviews indicate Michelle Snyder’s involvement in bypassing the recommendation of CMS’ top security expert who recommended delaying the launch of HealthCare.gov after independent testers raised concern about serious vulnerabilities from a lack of adequate security testing. Americans seeking health insurance are left to shoulder the risk of a website that’s still an all-around work in progress because of the cult like commitment officials had to the arbitrary goal of launching on October 1.”
“High findings,” the highest level of identified security vulnerabilities, are still being found in HealthCare.gov, according to the top security expert at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
“The full context of MITRE’s assessment, which the Department had in its possession prior to the October 1 launch date, shows that CMS and HHS knew that HealthCare.gov was vulnerable yet your statements have not given the American people a fair and accurate assessment of known risks,” Issa writes.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today released a new staff report on the Obama Administration’s Navigator and Assister program in conjunction with today’s field hearing in Dallas, Texas.
“MITRE’s decision is a rejection of efforts by the White House to obstruct oversight,” Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said. “The American people deserve an honest assessment of decisions by the Administration to proceed with the October 1 launch of HealthCare.gov despite warnings about security vulnerabilities. When we have released information on sensitive topics, we have exercised great care to ensure that there are not unintended consequences. Most often, these releases shed light on false and misleading public statements, whether they are made by the Administration or others. In reviewing the documents lawfully provided by MITRE, we intend to consult carefully with non-conflicted experts to ensure no information is released that could further jeopardize the website’s security.”
“While the President and other allies of the Affordable Care Act continue to propagate their case for enrollment, they have done too little to address broken promises and serious concerns about the flawed navigator program and inadequate consumer privacy provisions,” said Chairman Issa. “This hearing, as part of a series being held across the country, will help fill this void of accountability.”
“Americans should be disturbed that this Administration is trying to stop government contractors from providing Congress with documents related to the decision to launch HealthCare.gov while known and serious security vulnerabilities were and still may be present. CCSi’s analysis of the law is correct and its decision to comply protects its executives, investors, and customers from the risk of criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress.
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