White House tech team to improve government websites after HealthCare.gov rollout

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White House tech team to improve government websites after HealthCare.gov rolloutWASHINGTON – The White House launched a team on improve websites and upgrade U.S. technology infrastructure in an effort prevent a repeat of the problems with last October’s botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act website.

The move comes as Republicans seek drum up opposition President Obama’s signature reform law as a campaign talking point for the upcoming congressional elections, partly by emphasizing .gov’s nightmarish initial launch on Oct. 1.

The team of about seven 10 private-sector technology experts branded the “U.S. Digital Service” will include Mikey Dickerson, a former website manager and member of the White House-assembled team assigned last year to repairing the federal site before its December relaunch.[eap_ad_2]

Dickerson also worked on election monitoring and on targeting television ads to party preferences for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

The team, which has requested $20 million in next fiscal year’s appropriations and hopes to expand eventually to about 25 members, to apply the same kind of private-sector technological expertise that helped save the website to help fix problems and improve the accessibility of other federal websites, such as recreation.gov and irs.gov.

The team also plans to include federal workers on a rotating basis, who have knowledge of the ’s unique “myriad of regulations and laws” that make technology difficult to navigate, said Steven VanRoekel, the U.S. federal information officer. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]