Two Obamacare ‘Tech Surge’ Hires Announced


A spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a pair of hires on Thursday as part of the Obama administration’s “tech surge” to repair the hobbled website

According to a blog post on the Department of Health and Human Services website, “dozens of people are strengthening and reinforcing the team we have working 24/7 to address the problems around” Two additions were highlighted.

Michael Dickerson, a Site Reliability Engineer on leave from Google, “is onsite working with QSSI, the general contractor, leveraging his experience stabilizing large, high throughput applications to improve’s reliability and performance,” while developer and entrepreneur Greg Gershman “is working with CGI, focusing on optimizing the site to improve’s performance, and helping the development process be more agile so can release improvements more rapidly.”


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