During a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the malfunctioning Obamacare website on Wednesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) blasted the administration’s top technology officials with “fancy titles” for not knowing who the ultimate person in charge was and that “end to end” testing never occurred before the launch of the website on October 1.
“Who is the IT person in charge?” Jordan asked Henry Chao, the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director of the Office of Information Services. Chao said he did not know.
Jordan then showed a document that indicated “end to end” testing never occurred before the Obama administration launched the website, and then he blasted Steve VanRoekel for having a “fancy title” and not knowing that the “biggest policy website in the history of the country” did not get completely tested.
“You got the fancy title,” Jordan told VanRoekel, who is the Chief Information Officer at the Office of Management and Budget.
Jordan then turned to Todd Park, the country’s Chief Technology Officer tasked with fixing the website, and said, “you’re Clark Kent coming out of the phone booth here.”
He then asked Park if he had known the site had not undergone “end to end” testing.
“I did not,” Park said.