Issa’s Quest Continues to Expose Security Gaps

by Emma Dumain, Roll Call
December 24, 2013

Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa is on a quest to prove there are vast security gaps on, and he and his staff think they may have just hit a goldmine.

On Dec. 20, the California Republican’s office released selected portions of a Dec. 17 interview between the committee and Teresa Fryer, the chief information security officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

According to the excerpts, Fryer urged her colleagues against issuing authority to operate approval for the website — which is meant to facilitate enrollment into the insurance exchanges mandated by the 2010 health care law — due to potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. (An ATO order is like a green light to launch a site.)

Additional transcribed excerpts from the committee’s Dec. 4 grilling of Tony Trenkle, the former chief information officer for CMS, could give Issa and his team more fodder: Portions of the interview, obtained by 218, show that Trenkle doesn’t “recall” cautions from Fryer about proceeding with the Oct. 1 launch of the website.

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