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Second Administration Official Resigns After Troubled Rollout

Michelle Snyder oversaw technology experts who helped build and is the second administration official to leave after problems with the website where Americans can buy health insurance.

The New York Times: Second Official to Leave After Health Site Trouble
The No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who supervised the troubled rollout of President Obama's health care law, is retiring, administration officials said Monday. Michelle Snyder oversaw the technology experts who built the website. The official, Michelle Snyder, is the agency's chief operating officer. She is the second administration official to depart since problems at the website,, frustrated millions of people trying to buy insurance and caused political embarrassment to President Obama (Pear, 12/30/13).

Reuters: Official Who Oversaw Building Of Obamacare Website Retires
Snyder, a career bureaucrat, was identified by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a hearing in October as the CMS official who decided to have the federal government fulfill the key role of system integrator for But Sebelius also told lawmakers: "Michelle Snyder is not responsible for the debacle. Hold me accountable for the debacle. I'm responsible." ... Snyder has not taken a public role in defending the administration's work on or its effort (Cornwell, 12/30/13).

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