The Obama administration is trying to stop the unregulated flow of campaign money through nonprofit organizations by prohibiting tax-protected social welfare groups from undertaking candidate-related political activity.
The House passed Nov. 19 the DATA Act (H.R. 2061), which requires federal agencies and departments to release more complete and higher-quality spending data. The bill also shifts oversight of federal spending transparency dashboard USASpending.gov from the Office of Management and Budget to the Treasury Department.
In a hearing characterized by interruptions and flashes of anger by members of Congress at each other, healthcare.gov project manager Henry Chao told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that his decision to disable an anonymous shopper feature on the troubled website was driven by technical difficulties, not White House pressure."It failed so miserably that we could not conscionably let people use it," Chao said.
Implementing the federal information technology reform bill proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) would cost $145 million over five years, estimates the Congressional Budget Office.
The federally facilitated marketplace portion of healthcare.gov--the eligibility, plan management and financial management portion of the system accessed by residents of states that refused to build their own health insurance exchanges--launched with a temporary authorization to operate.
Healthcare.gov continues to experience technical difficulties as the political atmosphere surrounding its implementation intensifies. A Verizon-Terremark data-center failure that caused an outage for most of Sunday appeared to return again Tuesday night, with access to the website still problematic, said Julie Bataille, Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services spokeswoman, during an Oct. 30 press call.
A House committee Tuesday passed by voice vote a bill that would reform the contractor suspension and debarment process across agencies. The bill (H.R. 3345), which was introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) would consolidate more than 40 agency suspension and debarment offices in one central board.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The development problems of healthcare.gov are a "teachable moment," said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. "It's often notable risk taking or notable failures that teach us how to do things differently in the future," he told an audience at the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.
Problems plaguing healthcare.gov should be fixed for most users by the end of next month, former White House official Jeffrey Zients told reporters days into his role as head of the " tech surge " the Obama administration says will resolve the system's technical issues. Zients's comment came after a four hour Oct. 24 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during which system contractors were witnesses.
Damage control and political fire-fanning dominate the fourth week of healthcare.gov's existence, making the federal healthcare insurance website for the 36 states that refused to build their own insurance exchange the locus for partisan divide and continuing criticism of federal information technology management. A poll shows that a majority of Americans may already believe that website problems are part of a broader problem with the health insurance law's implementation.