Grant GrossReporter, IDG News Service

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service.

Lawmakers: security warnings came before launch

Henry Chao, deputy CIO at CMS, and other Obama administration officials defended the security practices at during an often contentious oversight committee hearing Wednesday.


Cisco, EFF call on Congress to target patent-troll demand letters

The U.S. Congress should take action to slow a skyrocketing number of "deceptive" patent infringement demand letters sent from patent licensing firms to small businesses, witnesses told a Senate committee.'s problems: What we know so far

What's wrong with Here are some answers. experiences more problems

Users of, the troubled insurance-shopping website run by the U.S. government, were having problems logging in and completing applications again on Wednesday, an official said.

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Republicans hammer HHS secretary for issues

The site, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, is one way for uninsured U.S. residents to shop for new coverage soon to be available through the law.

Senators question security at

U.S. lawmakers questioned the security of, the U.S. government's troubled insurance-shopping website, after reports that one applicant's personal information was shared with another applicant.'s enrollment system crashes Monday

The troubled website was down for 90 minutes Monday, and more service interruptions are likely, officials say.

US intelligence officials: NSA reform bill is 'flawed'

Government officials say a recent bill to stop the NSA's bulk collection of telephone records would hurt the agency's ability to catch terrorists. team improves site response times

The current page response times are now less than one second but more work is needed, officials said.

Senate panel approves bill to continue NSA surveillance

The proposed bill would allow the NSA to continue collecting millions of U.S. telephone records, despite an outcry that the program violates the U.S. Constitution.

Google, Oracle, Red Hat join effort to fix

The extra hands hope to help the government meet a Nov. 30 goal to have the site working smoothly for the large majority of users

Proposal to make websites liable for its user comments faces opposition

The proposed change in the 1996 Communications Decency Act would remove legal protections for websites from state prosecutions for comments that site users make.

HHS head says she's responsible for troubled

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also told the Congressional hearing that the website should be working for the majority of users by the end of November.

U.S. intelligence officials defend spying on foreign leaders

The director of the NSA told the hearing that ending the agency's bulk collection of U.S. telephone records would set U.S. intelligence back to pre-2001 levels.

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Lawmakers introduce bill to rein in NSA telephone records program

The legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of more than 85 lawmakers would end the bulk collection of U.S. telephone records.