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Experts From Google and Other Silicon Valley Tech Giants Enlisted to Fix 'Obamacare' Website


"Tech Surge"

This Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Health care officials said personnel from Silicon Valley tech companies were recently brought on board to help resolve issues with the botched federal exchange website.

obamacare President Barack Obama spoke in Boston about the importance of providing all Americans with quality, affordable health insurance. (Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Personnel from Google, Red Hat and Oracle are part of a "Tech Surge" to help address the problems with, Julie Bataille, communication director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, wrote in a blog post. She said these people join a team that is already working on 24/7.

Michael Dickerson, a site reliability engineer on leave from Google, is working with contractor QSSI to improve the reliability and performance of Greg Gershman, who is described  as developer and entrepreneur, is helping the prime contractor CGI with site optimization.

In addition to these men, Bataille wrote that dozens of others are working "around the clock" to bring the exchange serving 36 states to a functional level.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said at the company it is "doing everything we can to help," according to Bloomberg, acknowledging the heath care exchange is a "very political topic."

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the Obamacare rollout Wednesday. That same day the Associated Press obtained an internal memo that cited security issues with the health care exchange due to a lack of testing.



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