GOP demands HealthCare.gov contract details

Republican lawmakers are demanding details about the technology contracts behind HealthCare.gov after federal investigators described new problems with oversight of the work.

Five leading GOP committee members hit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with a battery of questions Thursday about how the agency handled its 62 contracts and orders for the ObamaCare sign-up website.

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HealthCare.gov is notorious for the overwhelming technical glitches that plagued its first three months and nearly imperiled the ObamaCare enrollment effort.

The GOP lawmakers, led by Finance Committee ranking member Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchFinance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea Week ahead in finance: Clock ticking for GOP on tax reform MORE (R-Utah), said the site's rollout should serve as a lesson for future government projects.

"We hope that CMS will ... address the problems that caused HealthCare.gov to crash on launch, and improve the procurement process to ensure that contracts are issued and maintained in accordance with government wide standards," the group wrote to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

The letter asked CMS to detail what was purchased under each contract; what quality assurance systems were used to monitor the work; and why contractors were paid for incomplete projects or projects that had not yet begun. 

The letter came from Hatch, Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Iowa), Senate Government Affairs Committee ranking member Tom CoburnTom Coburn-trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground Al Franken: 'I make fun of the people who deserved it' The more complex the tax code, the more the wealthy benefit MORE (R-Okla.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.).