HHS No. 2 doesn't recall elevating security worry

By By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration official says the second-in-command at the federal Health and Human Services department doesn't recall reporting concerns about the troubled health insurance website to higher-ups.

Agency spokeswoman Joanne Peters says Deputy Secretary William Corr "has no recollection" of reporting concerns passed on to him by the department's top technology officer to his own boss, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, or to White House officials.

HHS chief information officer Frank Baitman testified to Congress this week that he learned days before the Oct. 1 launch that senior cybersecurity experts inside the department were uncomfortable with moving ahead.

Security testing of the site had not been completed because it was getting constant technology tweaks, and also kept crashing.

Baitman said he passed that information on to Corr and another top official.

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