HHS to Issa: We Won't Comply With Your Subpeona Because We Don't Trust You
HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN ? OUR GOVERNMENT WAS PUT TOGETHER WITH A SYSTEM OF "CHECKS AND BALANCES" HHS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO REFUSE A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPEONA, BUT GUESS WHAT...THEY ARE! !
The latest middle finger from an increasingly lawless and desperate administration. I'm not a lawyer, but I'm fairly confident that "we don't think much of you" is an acceptable reason to ignore a Congressional subpoena: The Health and Human Services Department told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website because it can’t trust him to keep secret information that could give hackers a roadmap to wreak havoc on the system. Issa has issued a subpoena to MITRE, a government contractor, to turn over unredacted copies of security-testing documents by noon Friday. At issue are website development plans MITRE drafted for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is under HHS. Already, Issa has been given access to the documents he seeks “in camera” — meaning committee staff were able to review them in a room but not keep them — but he is seeking physical copies...Administration officials worry that Issa intends to put them in the public domain, which Esquea argues could compromise the security of the site...While agency letters to Capitol Hill tend to be very deferential, Esquea’s did little to veil the administration’s feelings about Issa’s trustworthiness.