SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON DELBENE APPOINTMENT

In response to Shaheen’s urging, Administration appoints DelBene to replace Zients, oversee HealthCare.gov fixes

December 17, 2013

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the Administration appointed Kurt DelBene to replace Jeff Zients and manage the implementation of HealthCare.gov fixes:

“Through the rollout of HealthCare.gov, we saw that a project of this size and scope needs the sustained leadership and day-to-day management of a chief executive officer. In November, I, along with a number of my colleagues, urged the President to name a CEO to take over the day-to-day management of HealthCare.gov after Mr. Zients departs and today’s announcement is welcome news.  Kurt DelBene has an impressive background that instills confidence in his ability to provide management expertise, strategic guidance and oversight of this critical project moving forward.”

DelBene most recently served as the president of the Microsoft Office Division of Microsoft and will be replacing Zients, who is departing Health and Human Services (HHS) to become director of the National Economic Council. In November, Shaheen led a coalition of U.S. Senators urging the Administration to replace Zients with a long-term appointee who will oversee the technical repair of HealthCare.gov.