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Darrell Issa Says FISMA Led to HealthCare.gov Launch Failure

Rep. Darrell IssaRep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) continues to question government security protocols that potentially led to problems with the launch of the HealthCare.gov website, FCW reported Tuesday.

Adam Mazmanian writes Issa, in a closed hearing he attended this week, criticized the Federal Information Security Management Act, which allows top officials to decide on the launch of IT products or systems.

“Under current law, it is possible to launch a site by simply saying that an executive within the administration of the right level has the ability to accept the risk,” Issa said, noting this doesn’t guarantee security of personal information.

Issa indicated the authority to operate issued for HealthCare.gov by Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, was influenced by the advertised Oct. 1 launch date.

In his opening statement, Issa said subpoenaed documents show CMS security officials advised against a full launch or suggested the launch be delayed, Mazmanian reports.

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