Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Security to the Bridge!

And the hits just keep on comin'. This morning, we noted that there seem to be some major issues facing the income verification process for folks who'd like some of that sweet, sweet subsidy money:

"An exchange will have some flexibility when it comes to asking for extra documentation from individuals"

Turns out, it may not be "flexibility" so much as "vulnerability." Co-blogger Bob tips us to this rather disturbing news:

"The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare ... The missed deadlines have pushed the government's decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date [October 1st]"

There's so much at stake here, and so many things that could go wrong, that it's hard to really pin down the worst of this. The Reuters folks think it's identity theft, and we've also discussed that threat. But the sad fact is, the project itself is so vast, and with so much of it being thrown together at the last minute, one can't help but wonder "what were they thinking?"

And there's this:

"A [crucial information technology] test was to have been performed between June 3 and 7 ... is now set for this week and next."

Meanwhile, the Countdown Clock continues its inexorable measure, as E-Day approaches. Contra Reuters, this may be the scariest thing:

"The delays mean that the ruling by CMS's chief information officer certifying the Obamacare IT system as secure will be pushed back from September 4 to September 30"

Who wants to bet that - no matter the true results - the Official proclamation will be that "all is well?" Yeah, that's what I thought, too.
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