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House panel quizzes companies over Obamacare 'tech surge'

Oct. 23, 2013 - 07:10PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (Mike Morones / Army Times)

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The House Oversight and Government Reform committee is asking Verizon Enterprise Inc., Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Expedia about their possible involvement in the effort to fix technical issues with the federal health care exchanges, according to five letters released Wednesday by the committee.

The administration said Tuesday that it is asking technology experts to participate in a “tech surge” to fix long waiting times, error messages and log-in problems that have plagued Healthcare.gov since its rollout Oct. 1.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the committee, said the White House and the Health and Human Services Department have failed to provide details about which companies — beyond Verizon — are involved and whether the administration used appropriate procurement procedures.

The letter asks the companies whether the administration contacted them and to explain the nature of any technical problems the company may have been asked to address.

The committee said the five letters are just the first part of an “ongoing inquiry” and it anticipates sending more to companies and organizations involved in the “tech surge.”

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