U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park has been subpoenaed by a House committee to speak about the ailing healthcare.gov website.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the subpoena on the evening of Nov. 8 after Park denied the request to appear in front of the committee.
“Given your continue [sic] unwillingness to appear voluntarily next week, I’m am left with no choice but to compel your appearance,” Issa said in a letter to Park. “Please find attached to this letter a subpoena for your testimony.”
Park is scheduled to testify in front of the committee Nov. 13. According to Reuters, a White House official said Park is “occupied full time” to fix healthcare.gov but could meet with the committee informally late November and then testify in December.
The subpoena has caused some backlash among supporters of Park.
Former presidential innovation fellow Clay Johnson is co-founder of the online petition Let Todd Work.
“Instead of continuing to fix healthcare.gov (a mess he did not make), Mr. Park has to spend his hours preparing for his testimony,” the website said.
As of Nov. 11, 371 people have signed the petition.
Issa originally asked Park to brief the oversight committee Oct. 21. On Oct. 30, the White House responded on Park’s behalf saying he was unable to attend the hearing.
Park succeeded Aneesh Chopra as CTO in 2012. He previously worked as CTO at the Department of Health and Human Services.