The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants to explore the hack at HealthCare.gov along with other issues behind the Affordable Care Act later this month.
Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called Thursday’s revelation that hackers uploaded malicious software to a website test server “unsurprising,” due to previous concerns about the website’s security expressed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
Issa called on Tavenner to testify on the website’s security on Sept. 18 along with officials from the Government Accountability Office.
“For nearly a year, the administration has dismissed concerns about the security of HealthCare.gov, even as it obstructed congressional oversight of the issue,” he said in a statement. “The committee will continue to push for answers from the administration and administrator Tavenner must testify on the subject of transparency, accountability, and information security alongside the Government Accountability Office at our Sept. 18 hearing.”
On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged that a test server for HealthCare.gov had been infiltrated by a hacker, though no private information had been stolen. Instead, the hack — apparently not targeted at the ObamaCare website — was designed to disrupt other sites through a common “denial of service” cyberattack.
The announcement quickly led to condemnation from congressional Republicans, who have already expressed concerns about the Obama administration site disastrously rolled out last year.