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GOP Leaders Seek More Information About Federal Health Exchange Rollout

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and others are threatening to issue subpeonas to federal contractors that worked on, as well as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, if inquiries are not answered.

Fox News: GOP Lawmakers Threaten Subpoena Over ObamaCare Rollout Information
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and other GOP committee leaders sent letters to 11 of the largest recipients of contracts to design and implement seeking an explanation of the contracts awarded, communications between the companies and the White House and a detailed list of all meetings related to the launch of ObamaCare.The lawmakers said the committee would consider using "compulsory process" if the companies did not respond to the request for information by 5 p.m. on Friday. "It is crucial that you provide information quickly because of the serious concerns about data security related to the lack of testing," the lawmakers wrote, referring to reports that the federal health care website went through little, if any, testing (10/25).

CNN: Issa Threatens Possible Subpoena For Obamacare Info
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is raising the threat of a possible subpoena if Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius doesn't respond to his panel's questions and requests for documents about problems with the Obamacare website. Committee aides say Sebelius has failed to respond to a previous request and he's now giving her until Monday to comply or possibly face "compulsory" action (10/24).

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