Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen is asking DanLevinson, HHS inspector general, to go over the HealthCare.govenrollment system development process.


Sebelius included the request for an inspector general review ina response to problems.


The launch of the site “was flawed and simply unacceptable,”Sebelius wrote earlier today in a blog entry.


Sebelius urged Levinson to look at the programmanagement structure, contractor performance and contractor paymentissues.


Sebelius also is calling for Levinson to look at whethercontractor specifications were met, and whether performance wasmonitored adequately.


At a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing in November,Michael Astrue, a former Social Security Administration chief,testified that lack of an HHS inspector general could havecontributed to the launch problems.


Sebelius also said she will:

  • Ask Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, the HHS agency in charge of the PatientProtection and Affordable Care Act exchange program, to create afull-time, permanent chief risk officer position. The person wouldbe in charge of mitigating risk across all CMS programs, includingIT.
  • Move to rewrite CMS contractor and procurement management rulesand procedures and improve procurement trainingprograms.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.