GOP Oversight Chief Orders Sebelius To Turn Over Docs

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | October 31, 2013

The leader of the House Republicans’ oversight operations announced he’d issued a subpoena on Thursday to compel Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to produce documents related to the troubled launch of the Obama administration’s online health insurance marketplace.

Sebelius hasn’t yet produced those documents in response to an Oct. 10 letter from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

The subpoena gives Sebelius until Nov. 13 to produce documents that shed light on’s many glitches and why the site underwent just two weeks of end-to-end testing. Issa also wants to know how many people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the online exchange since its Oct. 1 launch, a figure the administration has refused to reveal so far.