Friday, September 26, 2014 STILL HAS SECURITY ISSUES


A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that and its related systems continue to show weaknesses that threaten sensitive personal information if the system is breached by unauthorized users. According to the report, had weaknesses when it was first deployed, including “incomplete security plans and privacy documentation, incomplete security tests, and the lack of an alternate processing site to avoid major service disruptions.” The report notes that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken steps to address some of these weaknesses but has not fully mitigated all of them.

The Obama administration announced last week that tax subsidies for about 360,000 people will be discontinued if proof of income is not submitted to the government in the next two weeks. CMS also announced last week that about 115,000 people will lose their health insurance coverage at the end of September because the government does not have proof of their immigration or citizenship status.

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