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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.