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W&L Alum Champions Fix for Healthcare.gov

From his desk in Hong Kong, Sam Reed, a JavaScript developer, is pounding away at his keyboard as part of the open-source community trying to help federal contractors fix the healthcare.gov website.

A member of Washington and Lee’s class of 2010, Sam is putting his B.S. in computer science to good use. He got to work after the troubled Oct. 1 launch of the health-care website: downloading parts of the code, sharing it on GitHub, and buckling down to analyze the problems.

Sam thinks it can be repaired and that “it’s not the worst code I’ve ever seen,” as he told “NBC News” in a story about the efforts that he and other programmers are undertaking.

“If we can get the open-source community involved in the issue, people in the trenches (working for the government) can see the fixes,” he told the reporter.