“(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 944 pages of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) records showing that the Obamacare website was launched despite serious concerns by its security testing contractor, Mitre Corporation, as well as internal executive-level apprehension about security.
Judicial Watch obtained the HHS documents in response to a court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:14-cv-00430)). The lawsuit was filed in March 2014 after HHS failed to respond to a December 20, 2013, FOIA request seeking:
All records related to the security of the healthcare.gov web portal including, but not limited to, studies, memoranda, correspondence, electronic communications (e-mails), and slide presentations from January 1, 2012 to the present.
A July 2013 “Continuous Improvement Plan,” prepared for updates and improvements to the healthcare.gov website, defines the “Change Control Board” as a provider of final approval on new features and “politically sensitive issues.”
The documents reveal that Mitre recommended a “Denial Authorization to Operate” in the month prior to Obamacare’s launch, noting that it could not adequately test the confidentiality and integrity of the system. It said that complete…”
G2X TAKE: Have you had your fill yet of news re-hashing Healthcare.gov? We have, but these newly FOIA’d documents will be a catalyst for CMS and many of the actors associated with the widely-publicized debacle to be at least temporarily back in the news, as they shed light on some of the actions and activities not previously made public.