Health & Human Services

Microsoft Exec to Oversee HealthCare.Gov

December 18, 2013
 

The White House is tapping the private sector for its next point man to oversee the troubled Obamacare website.

The administration is set to announce that Kurt DelBene, a former executive at Microsoft, will succeed Jeff Zients in leading the oversight of the embattled HealthCare.gov.

Zients is poised to become the director of the National Economic Council next year, forcing the administration to quickly find his replacement.

“Kurt has proven expertise in heading large, complex technology teams and in product development,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. “He will be a tremendous asset in our work.”

DelBene will be in that role for at least the first six months of 2014, Sebelius said.

He was most recently the president of the Microsoft Office Division and has been with the company since 1992. Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman and founder, praised DelBene for his expertise in “managing complex large-scale technology projects.”

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