Contractor Rejects HHS Request to Stonewall Congress Contractor Rejects HHS Request to Stonewall Congress

On Friday, the House Oversight Committee announced that contractor Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. (CCSi) had submitted requested documents to the Committee, overriding illegal demands from the Department of Health and Human Services that it not comply with the Committee’s requests. The CCsi Senior Vice President wrote to the HHS explaining:

CCSi takes [its] contractual compliance and customer relations extremely seriously. To that end, CCSi has concluded, after consulting legal counsel, that the enclosed subpoena compels production of the documents requested and, therefore, falls outside the above-referenced contract clause and guidance letter from your office.

Originally, HHS told CCSi to withhold documents, writing a letter to the company demanding, “As it relates to your contract with CMS, you are required to inform me, as Director of the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, of any requests for ST&E information that you receive from any party, and you may not release documents without authorization from CMS.”

Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said:

Americans should be disturbed that this Administration is trying to stop government contractors from providing Congress with documents related to the decision to launch while known and serious security vulnerabilities were and still may be present.  CCSi’s analysis of the law is correct and its decision to comply protects its executives, investors, and customers from the risk of criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress.

Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.