Official who oversaw Cover Oregon development resigns

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Carolyn Lawson stepped down as chief information officer of the Oregon Health Authority. She was the one who decided Oregon could manage the new health exchange itself, instead of hiring a private-sector systems integrator.

Lawson came under fire a year ago when state lawmakers accused her of misleading them about available technologies. More recently, technology experts and her own boss have laid blame for the problem with her decision to have the state act as the project's systems integrator, a sort of general contractor to oversee the complex integration of disparate parts of multiple vendors.

Lawson was hired in 2011 to oversee technology projects for the two state agencies that administer health and human services programs. The state had just approved creating a health insurance exchange, and it was tacked onto a separate project to modernize the internal computer systems for both agencies.

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0 #1 presGuest 2013-12-20 19:39:23
$48,000,000 taxpayer dollars thrown down a rat hole. $179,000 in salary to a loser that didn't provide anything but more trouble.
I wonder if she got part of the $48mm?
Nice hiring job and oversite....... .....
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0 #2 Oregon In the News!Guest 2013-12-20 20:33:15
Oregon continues to be the poster child for ineptness and incompetency. The "hipster" ads have been pulled, the former head of Cover Oregon is hiding in an undisclosed location and this latest nail in our healthcare coffin is just another example of what happens when you have government "colutions..."
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