Friday, January 10, 2014

As Republicans warn of security breaches with Healthcare.gov, Darrell Issa seems to be trying to make that a reality.

"Healthcare.gov security breaches. Don't worry I'm on it."
Courtesy of HuffPo: 

House Republicans are kicking off the year with more votes on Obamacare bills, this time pushing a measure they say will help protect people from security breaches of HealthCare.gov. 

But there is some irony in their latest whack at the Affordable Care Act. The GOP bill set for a Friday vote would require the Health and Human Services secretary to tell people if their private data was compromised in a security breach, but, as laid out in a Democratic committee memo issued Thursday, HHS is already required to do that, and there haven't been any successful breaches thus far anyway. Not only does the bill target a nonexistent problem, but the most credible threat to the website's security may be the GOP's loudest critic of the website's security: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. 

HealthCare.gov could clearly be compromised if, say, sensitive documents were leaked to the public that included software code or other technical information that provided hackers with a road map for vulnerabilities in the site. Such documents currently reside with Issa, who obtained them last month -- unredacted -- after subpoenaing them from MITRE Corporation, the federal contractor overseeing security of the website. 

Throughout the subpoena process, MITRE officials warned Issa in three separate letters that the documents could result in "irreparable harm" to the website's security if they end up in the wrong hands, even with redactions. They offered to let him come into MITRE's offices and view redacted versions of them. Beyond that, White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler sent Issa a letter warning that disclosures could increase risks to all IT systems across the federal government. Top House Democrats, meanwhile, pressed for a classified briefing with administration cyber security officials to assess the risks posed by a potential leak of those documents. 

But Issa insisted on getting the unredacted versions, and on Dec. 17, he posted excerpts from them online in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius raising concerns with the website's security. 

The move drew a harsh response from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He blasted Issa for being "reckless" with sensitive data.

Are there any among us who would trust Darrell Issa with ANY sensitive material?

Add to that the fact that he wants desperately to sabotage the success of the ACA and we know exactly where the trail should lead if any security breaches do occur.

17 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:06 AM

    "and we know exactly where the trail should lead if any security breaches do occur."

    Let me guess....he'll adopt the Gov. Krispe Kreme defense.

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  2. Anonymous10:35 AM

    Why would they disclose that security information to him knowing Issa's track record?

    There must be ways around it such as answering the request, but not even putting in the specific security issues. (leave it blank) I wouldn't even submit and redact when it comes to Issa!

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  3. Anonymous10:37 AM

    The Kids Are Alright: Another Obamacare Lesson from Massachusetts

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116173/young-people-and-obamacare-theyll-probably-sign-late

    Obama administration to end contract with CGI Federal, company behind HealthCare.gov

    The Obama administration has decided to jettison CGI Federal, the main IT contractor that was responsible for building the defect-ridden online health insurance marketplace and has been immersed in the work of repairing it, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    Federal health officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract worth roughly $90 million, probably early next week, with a different company, Accenture, after concluding that CGI has not been effective enough in fixing the intricate computer system underpinning the federal Web site, HealthCare.gov, the individual said.

    Accenture, which is one of the world’s largest consulting firms, has extensive experience with computer systems on the state level, and it built California’s new health insurance exchange.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-to-end-contract-with-cgi-federal-company-behind-healthcaregov/2014/01/10/001eb05a-719e-11e3-8b3f-b1666705ca3b_story.html

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    1. Anonymous11:15 AM

      Thank Dog!

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  4. Anonymous10:54 AM

    TOP TWENTY STORIES OF 2013

    http://tyndallreport.com/yearinreview2013/

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  5. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Are those the special Palin "I look so smaht" glasses he's sporting?

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    1. Anonymous12:26 PM

      In other evil Republican snorts of the day

      Who can believe the road kill hair sport could get any worse?

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/01/10/sarah-palin-sportsman-channel-new-series/4409023/

      Roger Ailes can pretend no one tells him, and he doesn't notice, it looks like a drug addict that just rolled out of bed.

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  6. Anonymous12:14 PM

    ...As is so often the case in the corporate world, the GOP's culture is shockingly insensitive to the human consequences of its actions. George W. Bush "joked" about not finding weapons of mass destruction after hundreds of thousands of people died under false pretenses in Iraq. Christie joked that he was no longer in the "traffic study" business.

    Theirs is a culture where people, even children, are either allies or enemies. Hence the Christie staffer's suggestion that there was no need to feel badly about the kids on those buses because they were "the children of Buono voters," referring to state Sen. Barbara Buono, Christie's gubernatorial opponent last year. The sins of the fathers ...

    The truth is, there's no such thing as a "new Republican." Today's Republican Party doesn't reflect a viewpoint. It reflects a strategy -- one intended to maximize the wealth of those it serves. The pundits cheering Christie's press conference performance, like Politico's Mark Halperin and right-winger Erick Erickson, would've applauded Nixon's "third rate burglary" defense.

    The Republican Party has finally achieved spiritual death -- and Chris Christie is its face. Gaze upon it as you would the face of Ozymandias. Then look on its works, and despair.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/chris-christie-the-true-f_b_4571280.html

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  7. Anonymous12:16 PM

    O/T: Oooooooooh, things didn't go well at the breakfast this morning?? From the pee puddle:

    palin45potus • 20 minutes ago
    The sneering attitude towards Sarah Palin's breakfast appearance this morning shows the effeminization of America about as well as anything that I have ever read.

    I can just about guarantee that each and every one of these smirking jerks lives in West Hollywood. Take that for what it's worth.

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    1. Anonymous12:44 PM

      She was wearing cheap stripper shoes made of American flag fabric. No more needs be said. She's cheap and easily mocked and the PeePuddle needs to realize that she is not to be taken seriously.

      http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sarah-palin-and-sportsman-channel-host-breakfast-during-the-news-photo/461672179

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  8. Anonymous12:23 PM

    Damn, she looks like she just got out of bed, never combed her hair...she looks just awful. Commenters are seeing it and calling it out as well.

    Palin: Christie’s Bridgegate Is ‘Atrocious,’ but ‘Nothing’ Compared to Obama Scandals

    Sarah Palin is weighing in for the first time on New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal Friday — not on Fox News or her Facebook page, but on Inside Edition. Palin called it “a pretty atrocious act, to snarl traffic,” adding “What an inconvenience, what a dangerous situation.”

    At the same time, Palin said what Christie’s office did is “nothing compared to what some leaders in our White House has engaged in and covered up,” citing the NSA surveillance programs and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya as examples of more egregious “scandals.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/palin-christies-bridgegate-is-atrocious-but-nothing-compared-to-obama-scandals/

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  9. Anonymous12:29 PM

    John Oliver Warns Palin ‘Will Do to Sports What She Did to Politics’ with New Reality Show

    John Oliver went to the Television Critics Association winter media tour this week to talk about his new show on HBO. But he ended up spending a good amount of time talking about Sarah Palin. According to reports from Deadline, the LA Times and others in attendance, Oliver got sidetracked when he found out Palin would be presenting at the same conference the following morning.


    When one journalist asked Oliver if he planning to stick around long enough to have breakfast with Palin, here’s how he responded:

    “What? You are kidding! Now I’m checking in! Good for her. So she has a new show on the sports channel? She’s going to do to sports what she did to politics. She wouldn’t set foot in front of you liberal monsters. There’s a significant voice in my head saying check in, go to breakfast. Lots of moose-based favorites. Sarah Palin on a breakfast bar. My life could just be over in that moment.”

    Oliver was referring to Palin’s latest reality show for the Sportsman Channel called Amazing America, set to premiere in April.

    Indeed, Palin did attend TCA Friday morning to preview the new show. “You know how much I love critics and the media,” Palin told the press in attendance. “So a room full of television critics, I can’t beat this combination for pleasure.”

    She described how she wants to use her new show to reach women, who she believes are underrepresented on sports television. “I think this world would be better off having more young women holding a fish in a picture than holding their camera in front of a bathroom mirror, talking a selfie,” she said.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/john-oliver-warns-palin-will-do-to-sports-what-she-did-to-politics-with-new-reality-show/

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  10. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Issa is 'worth' from 350 to over 500 MILLION dollars, according to the New York Times. Why the f*ck do we have to have such ass-munchers deciding the future of this country?

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  11. Leland3:00 PM

    "Are there any among us who would trust Darrell Issa with ANY sensitive material?"

    Better to ask if there are any who would trust Issa with ANY material. Period.

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  12. Anita Winecooler5:45 PM

    He's gain some traction if he proved "Healthcare.gov" shopped at Target. Good Luck with that, Darryl Issaboob!

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  13. Anonymous6:25 AM

    I blame the fu#(wads in California who put him in. Get him out!

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  14. Anonymous6:29 AM

    Here's info on the man running to unseat Issa. Please donate if you can. In America, only money and votes count. peiserforcongress.com

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