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Issa Slams HHS For ‘Obstructing’ Investigation Of

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Department of Health and Human Services is illegally interfering with his panel. 

The Hill: Issa: HHS Criminally Obstructing HealthCare.Gov Probe
The top House Republican charged with overseeing the executive branch is accusing federal health officials of criminally obstructing his investigation into the botched rollout of Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.) claimed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was illegally interfering with the ongoing probe after HHS purportedly told one private contractor not to comply with congressional requests for information (Viebeck, 12/11).

Fox News: Rep. Issa Accuses HHS Of Criminally Obstructing Probe Into ObamaCare Website
The Dec. 6 letter from CMS official Daniel Kane says that although the department understands Congress’ need for documents to continue its probe into the issues with, the agency is concerned about security risks from releasing testing information to third parties. Therefore, the letter states, the agency has decided to not allow contractors to release any documents to any third party, telling the contractors to send congressional investigators to CMS, who will handle the request themselves (12/12).

In other Capitol Hill developments -

Fox News: Congressional Staffers Told Not To Trust ObamaCare Site Info
Congressional staffers were warned Wednesday not to rely on information provided by the ObamaCare exchange website, in an email alert informing them they might not be enrolled for coverage even if they technically signed up. The "very important" message, sent to Capitol Hill officials Wednesday afternoon, is the latest sign that the government has concerns about the reliability of the system (Emanuel, 12/11).

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