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Republicans have contended problems were known for months before the launch. Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has acknowledged mistakes were made, but denies having prior knowledge of problems that kept the website from launching on time.

Other questions raised by the Republican request, crafted in consultation with the GAO, include:

- What capability does the federal government have to reclaim those funds if Oregon abandons the state-run exchange and joins the federal one?

- What other costs has Oregon incurred because of the website’s failure?

- Did Cover Oregon’s status as a state organization play a role in its failure?

- What steps could federal agencies have taken to assure state and federal oversight of projects like this in the future.

The Wyden-Merkley request asks more questions:

- How were the federal funds used, including job creation, public and private contractors, software developers, and consumer education?

- What efforts to enroll people outside the website have been successful, and what can be done to expand enrollment ahead of the March 31 deadline?

- If taxpayer funds were mismanaged, can the federal government reclaim grant funds from contractors?

- Was there anything in the Affordable Care Act that Cover Oregon did not respond to in its creation?

- What can Oregon do to most quickly and efficiently overcome Cover Oregon’s problems and enroll more people?

AP writer Gosia Wozniacka contributed to this report from Portland, Ore.

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