Google Engineer Takes Leave to Help HealthCare.gov
Site reliability engineer Michael Dickerson among those recruited
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 1, 2013 2:02 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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TessTalks
Nov 1, 2013 6:25 PM CDT
Why didn't they hire Google or Microsoft to set up the health care web site in the first place?!
NorCalHal
Nov 1, 2013 3:32 PM CDT
In a mad scramble to get this circus back on the road the head clown is throwing anything and anybody he can get at the problem. Too bad O-blama grew up in other countries and never learned Ben Franklin's "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". There will so many "experts" in this firedrill that all traces of accountability will be forever lost and meantime CGI and CMS the Canadian software companys that created the site will skip home to Canada with their $ 394 + MILLION.
LiberalLove
Nov 1, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
I bet he and his team are making big $$$ to fix this mess.