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Citing Security Concerns, HHS Says ‘No’ To Issa Document Demand

Rep. Darrell Issa has issued a subpoena to MITRE, a government contractor, to turn over documents on healthcare.gov security testing. HHS says Issa has already seen the documents he is seeking.  

Politico: HHS To Darrell Issa: We Don't Trust You
The Health and Human Services Department told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website because it can't trust him to keep secret information that could give hackers a roadmap to wreak havoc on the system. Issa has issued a subpoena to MITRE, a government contractor, to turn over unredacted copies of security-testing documents by noon Friday. ... Already, Issa has been given access to the documents he seeks "in camera" -- meaning committee staff were able to review them in a room but not keep them -- but he is seeking physical copies (Allen, 12/12).

Roll Call: HHS To Issa: You Can’t Be Trusted With Obamacare Documents
The HHS assistant secretary for legislation, Jim R. Esquea, signaled that HHS was blocking MITRE from turning over the documents, which have been subpoenaed, over concerns that Issa would -- as he has done in the past -- leak the documents to the public, potentially giving hackers a road map to the "potential vulnerabilities in the cyber defenses" (Fuller, 12/12).

 

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