Ex-IT manager: Cover Oregon Troubles Not Her Fault | 101 KXL

Ex-IT manager: Cover Oregon Troubles Not Her Fault

Written by FM News 101 KXL on March 1, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Carolyn Lawson, the Oregon Health Authority’s senior IT manager who resigned in the wake of the state’s health care exchange fiasco, said she is not to blame for the botched rollout of the Cover Oregon website.

Lawson told The Oregonian Friday (http://bit.ly/1fyBlfY ) the exchange’s problems are due to inferior work by Oracle Corp., the main technology contractor. She also said Cover Oregon’s inability to settle on business requirements hindered the site’s development.

Lawson said she was removed from the project oversight in November 2012. But OHA controlled huge federal grants for the exchange until spring 2013. Cover Oregon officials previously said they took over the exchange in April of that year.

Lawson said she repeatedly warned her superior Bruce Goldberg that the exchange was in trouble.

Goldberg, now Cover Oregon’s interim director, declined to comment on that claim.

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