DHS committee to examine cybersecurity of healthcare.gov website

httpU.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul will hold a hearing next week, examining the cybersecurity of the President’s healthcare website as well as what checks are in place to verify the immigration status of individuals seeking coverage.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the agency responsible for the .gov domain, yet DHS has not participated in the planning, design or operation of the security aspects of Healthcare.gov. Instead, the site’s security has been overseen by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) without significant input from DHS, law enforcement or the intelligence community. Further, CMS has no privacy or security agreements in place with DHS to protect the personal data of millions of Americans held in the federal healthcare exchanges, despite promises to the Homeland Security Committee that they would be in place by October 1. This hearing will allow both DHS and USCIS to explain their roles in securing and maintaining the integrity of Healthcare.gov.

Wednesday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

Cyber Side-Effects: How Secure is the Personal Information Entered into the Flawed Healthcare.gov?

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I
Ms. Roberta Stempfley, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Soraya Correa, Associate Director, Enterprise Services Directorate, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II
Mr. Luke Chung, President, FMS, Inc.

Chairman McCaul on the hearing: “Healthcare.gov’s flaws aren’t merely about trying to access the site, there are larger issues yet to be resolved. Americans are entering their most sensitive personal data into the website and now the same people who told us the system would work are telling us it is secure. As Americans start to submit their personal information, we must examine how safe that information is once it’s placed on Healthcare.gov, the federal healthcare exchanges and the Datahub.

“While DHS is charged with securing these, and all .gov entities, the lack of the Department’s involvement further highlights the poor planning, design and implementation of Obamacare. This hearing will look at what DHS has done to secure Healthcare.gov, as well as DHS’s other role in Obamacare – verifying the immigration status of applicants. Before Americans are forced to enter their personal information into a flawed website, they should be reassured that it won’t be compromised.”

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