special report

The Technology Behind Obamacare

The Oct. 1 launch of proved rocky. The website was supposed to help people choose and enroll in health care plans, as required under the Affordable Care Act, but most early visitors experienced only glitch-filled frustrations.

Below is Nextgov's continuing coverage of the technology that will make or break the Obama administration's signature policy initiative.

Todd Park, former chief technology officer of the US, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. Security Back in the Spotlight

November 19, 2014 House Republicans say they remain concerned about the cybersecurity controls underpinning the online federal health exchange.

Federal Customer Experience 'Downright Bleak'

November 11, 2014 Six federal agencies earned an average of “very poor." scored the lowest.

Relaunched Can Handle Twice as Much Traffic as Last Year

November 10, 2014 The White House is hoping the people turned off by the website's disastrous debut will come back for its second try.

Attention, HHS: Don’t Do What Australia Did with Its Online Health Exchange

November 4, 2014 Down under, a government-administered health exchange accidentally exposed consumer data online.

Todd Park, former U.S. chief technology officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy testified before the House Oversight Committee, Nov. 13, 2013.

Republicans Target Tech Official to Link Obama to Woes

October 28, 2014 Todd Park formally subpoenaed to testify Nov. 19.

HHS Debuts New and Improved -- The 'Back' Button Now Works

October 8, 2014 Officials hope rigorous testing will avert a repeat of last year's fiasco.

House Oversight Committee member Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.,

Contracting Officers: Take a Look, It's in a Book

September 19, 2014 "The problem is the average contracting officer doesn’t know how."

Officials Pulled Code From GitHub Because of ‘Bashing’

September 18, 2014 Republicans release CMS emails about pulling code from open-source site.

Breached Server Still Had Default Password

September 18, 2014 Hack did not compromise any data or personal information, DHS official tells Congress.

Former Chief Technology Officer Todd Park.

Todd Park Subpoenaed to Testify on Security

September 17, 2014 Panel says new emails contradict former CTO’s previous statements. Still Vulnerable, GAO Says

September 17, 2014 Site is still vulnerable today, watchdog says.

Mikey Dickerson the new administrator of the U.S. Digital Service.

Mikey Dickerson: No Paper Pushing at US Digital Service

September 15, 2014 The head of the U.S. Digital Service is taking a fix-it first approach to his office.

Todd Park, former U.S. chief technology officer

Lawmakers Seek Todd Park Subpoena Over Security

September 15, 2014 Panel charges White House involvement in Obamacare website woes.

Yes, Was Hacked -- But Here's Why It May Not Be That Big of a Deal

September 4, 2014 No evidence personal data was breached or even targeted, but malware did end up on Obamacare marketplace

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS secretary

Under Further Scrutiny, Obamacare Website Gets CEO

August 26, 2014 Twenty contracts cost more than estimated, while the cost of seven more than doubled.

Lesson Learned from Rollout: White House Launches US Digital Service

August 11, 2014 Team will focus on helping agencies improve their digital service delivery.

Is This a Different Kind of Contract?

August 1, 2014 In some ways, it looks a lot like the old contracts. Official: Expect Glitches in November

July 31, 2014 Still, the agency responsible for the site is in a "vastly different situation," official tells Congress.

Obamacare Website Has Cost $840 Million

July 30, 2014 A slew of management failures led to the site's disastrous launch, according to a new GAO report.

The Obama Administration Is Looking for the Next Obamacare Website Contractor

July 17, 2014 The bid is probably not going to CGI Federal.