Google Engineer Takes Leave to Help HealthCare.gov

Site reliability engineer Michael Dickerson among those recruited

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 1, 2013 2:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – The "tech surge" to fix HealthCare.gov includes some names from the industry's biggest players. Among them, per a Health department blog post, is Michael Dickerson, on leave from his job as a site reliability engineer at Google. He'll be "leveraging his experience stabilizing large, high throughput applications to improve HealthCare.gov's reliability and performance," says the post, as noted at the Verge.

Software engineer Greg Gershman will also be a "key player." As a former Presidential Innovation Fellow, he focused on improving the user experience at government websites; he'll be "helping ... release improvements more rapidly." Also onboard are tech firms Oracle and Red Hat. "Most of us want to see our government operating efficiently and effectively, and it is incumbent upon us to help them do that," Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told shareholders, per USA Today.

In this Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, President Obama speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
This Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
A dozen HP Chromebook 11's, are displayed at a Google event, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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