Politico is reporting that Microsoft Executive Kurt DelBene, will succeed Jeff Zients in leading the overhaul of the embattled HealthCare.gov, according to four sources with knowledge of the decision.
“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. He is also the husband of freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).
“I’ve long said that we need more people to enter public service who are focused on delivering results,” Suzan DelBene said in a statement. “Kurt has demonstrated throughout his career that he is about results, and his decision to join the administration will be extremely valuable to their efforts to improve the website.”
Anyone who has ever used Windows and faced the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or any other Windows problem will believe this is a perfect choice. Think about it, Windows programs tend to gobble up memory and cost too much, perfect for Healthcare.Gov.
DelBene is currently the president of the Microsoft Office Division and
has been with the company since 1992. Just so happens to be the husband of freshman Democrat
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).
Here’s another story which explains why a Microsoft exec is perfect for fixing Healtcare.gov:
A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft’s electronic navigation and communications qquipment. Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter’s position and course to fly to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign, and held it in the helicopter’s window. The pilot’s sign said “WHERE AM I?” in large letters. People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign and held it in a building window. Their sign read: “YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER.” The pilot smiled, waved, looked at her map, determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport, and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how the “YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER” sign helped determine their position. The pilot responded “I knew that had to be the Microsoft building because they gave me a technically correct, but completely useless answer.”