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Emails Sought In House Health Law Probe May Not Be ‘Retrievable’

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services acknowledged to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the agency's director Marilyn Tavenner may have deleted "most but not all" of the emails being sought by the panel in its investigation of problems associated with the rollout of healthcare.gov.    

Fox News: Key Obamacare Official Likely Deleted Emails Now Sought In House Probe
A key ObamaCare official involved in the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov likely deleted some of her emails that are now being sought as part of an investigation into the problems by a House committee, Fox News confirmed Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services informed House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa in a letter Thursday that some of the emails belonging to Marilyn Tavenner, who leads the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, may not be "retrievable" (8/8).

The Hill: Obamacare Office May Have Lost Emails Sought In Oversight Probe
The federal agency in charge of ObamaCare acknowledged this week that its chief may have deleted some emails that are now being sought by congressional Republicans. A records management official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) alerted the National Archives of the potential breach in a letter dated Wednesday. First reported by MSNBC, the letter said that "most, but not all" of CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner's emails were saved in agency records as required by law (Viebeck, 8/7).

Reuters:  U.S. Says Some Health Care Emails Sought By Congress Missing 
The emails were from a public email account maintained by Marilyn Tavenner, who heads the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agency chiefly responsible for implementing President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law. "While we have not identified any specific emails that we will be unable to retrieve, it is possible that some emails may not be available," a CMS records official said in an Aug. 6 letter informing the National Archives of the situation (8/7). 

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