The Health and Human Services Department responded Friday to the House Oversight Committee's threat of a subpoena, saying the department is working to provide the information requested by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on the technical problems with the Affordable Care Act website.
"We have told the Committee repeatedly that we intend to accommodate their interest in better understanding our efforts to implement the ACA," HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement. "The Committee sent us an extremely broad request for documents on October 10 - while the government was still shut down - and asked that we produce these materials within two weeks."
"Since the government reopened on October 17, we have been engaged in discussions with the Committee to better understand and prioritize their requests," Peters added. "We are working to provide information responsive to the Committee's requests, and look forward to continuing to work cooperatively to satisfy their interest in this matter."
Committee aides said Thursday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has failed to respond to a previous request, and Issa is now giving her until Monday to comply or possibly face "compulsory" action.
A separate House panel, the Energy and Commerce Committee, held a congressional hearing on Thursday to question contractors whose companies worked on the website. Sebelius is scheduled to testify at another Energy and Commerce Committee hearing next week.