TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's Republican governor and Cabinet on Tuesday took umbrage with President Obama's "navigators" program intended to help people wade through the web work of new health-care law requirements.

Specifically, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi criticized the safeguards the federal government was taking to ensure that the personal information being gathered by more than 100 people hired as "navigators" wouldn't increase the chances of identity theft.

Last week, U.S. Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Florida would get $7.8 million for the personnel. But training hours for the people hired as Navigators have been cut in the crush to have the program running by Oct. 1.

"Federal safeguards that should be in place to protect our privacy are behind schedule and inadequate," said Scott during a Cabinet meeting in Miami. "It is unclear how the federal government will protect personal information from being stolen or otherwise misused."

The Cabinet got a short briefing from Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, who said it was unclear what kinds of safeguards were in place to protect sensitive information Navigators would be collecting.

The position is yet another example of Scott preparing to pivot for re-election. While he was always a critic of the health-care law, last spring he spurned conservative tea partiers in his base by embracing the federal expansion of the Medicaid program that is a part of ObamaCare.

Six months later, he appears to be doubling-down on his opposition to the law.

Bondi, meanwhile, along with other state attorneys general asked Sebelius to do better background screenings of Navigator applicants, and called the reduction in training requirements from 30 hours to 20 hours a product of "running out of time."

"This has nothing to do with anything but protecting our citizens from identity theft," Bondi said. "We have a lot of questions we need to have answers to. They're going to have access to your tax information, your personal information, your Social Security information."

Florida Democrats have said the criticism is unwarranted and another example of the Republican-dominated state government attempting to delay or impede implementation of the federal health law.