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HHS-Issa Tension Over Security Continues

Meanwhile, Rep. Waxman says the website is secure. 

Politico: Darrell Issa Says HHS Is Pressuring Contractors Over Subpoenas
In an escalating war over the House’s investigation into Obamacare’s website failures, Rep. Darrell Issa accused the Department of Health and Human Services of illegally pressuring contractors not to comply with congressional subpoenas, even as those companies turned over the documents in question on Friday. ... the administration had instructed the companies not to give Issa documents that government officials fear could be used to help hackers disrupt the website if they are leaked to reporters or otherwise put in the public domain (Allen and Millman, 12/14).

Bloomberg: Obamacare Website Has Never Been Breached, Waxman Says
The Obama administration told Congress two days ago that the federal government’s health insurance enrollment system has never been hacked, countering Republican claims that users’ information might be at risk. There have been 32 “information security incidents” at as of Dec. 11, U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said in a memo today following a briefing with security officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Wayne, 12/13). 

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