FBI raids former DC office of Obama's CIO appointee

Politico is reporting that the FBI has raided the office of Washington, D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer. The FBI has not commented on why the raid took place but said to Politico that it was part of "an ongoing investigation."

Vivek Kundra was recently appointed CIO of the federal government by President Obama. Kundra had previously worked as Chief Technology Officer in for the District of Columbia, but his last day was on February 4. He was named 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his "pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government operations." He was appointed to the D.C. post in 2007.

Sources familiar with the raid said the FBI sent all staffers, other than senior executives, in the CTO's office home for the day.

It has not yet been indicated if Kundra is implicated in any wrong doing as a part of the search.

Updated: The Washington Post is now reporting that Yusuf Acar, an official within the CTO office, was taken into custody by the FBI on unknown charges. The Post headline indicates it was part of a federal bribery sting, but no other information has been released to verify that information. Acar was an information systems security officer within the office.

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We'll know soon enough. Either way, it's clearly PRE-Obama Administration, so I'm glad they got the sub employee now rather than after the CIO has staffed his office...

Beastage said,
And of course they have to mention a link to Obama no matter how weak it is.

Yea, all the press does is beat up Obama, he can't catch a break.... oh... wait. Nevermind.

The article said,
Vivek Kundra was recently appointed CIO of the federal government by President Obama

@Beastage - The reporter is just giving a recent history of Vivek Kundra. It's quite important that he was recently appointed by Obama. The article is not anti-Obama at all.

Please, do not even attempt to go there. This is a discussion about what the article is telling us, not about political sides/political views.

bob_c_b said,
Yea, all the press does is beat up Obama, he can't catch a break.... oh... wait. Nevermind.

Gee, did the press do the same damn thing to the Bush administration? But now that we have Obama in the office its not ok for the press to beat on him? Also remember Clinton? He was impeached! He also had scandles so why should we be surprised that Obama has some problems?

LOL

What an awesome administration Obama is piecing together. One guy owes around 30k to the IRS, another just was arrested by the FBI.

It's easy to say something like that in hindsight. Obama isn't omnipotent - perhaps he's choosing people based on who he thinks must be the least corrupt, most competent people available, and unfortunately for him, nearly all of them have some sort of valid corruption charges that could be brought against them? It's also possible, of course, that Obama himself is somewhat corrupt, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now. (Skepticism against him is healthy, of course - I have nothing against those who are constantly searching for a flaw.)

It's a sad though, but the stereotypes about politicians didn't come out of nowhere. What's the alternative? It seems that anyone coming from the top position of their field (except perhaps for scientists) is not well-regarded by the public, which doesn't make Obama's selection of staff members any better than if he were to limit himself to the political pool. And the average person can't be tapped for high-up positions, either, as the public would complain that Obama was selecting incompetent people (and there's a good chance that even the chosen average person would be found to be corrupt sooner or later). It's essentially lose-lose.

After...what is it now...6 appointees you'd think he'd start asking "Are you SURE you don't have any major scandals about to break? are you SUREEEEEE? Promise? Pinky swear?" before he named someone to a post though....

Rolith said,
After...what is it now...6 appointees you'd think he'd start asking "Are you SURE you don't have any major scandals about to break? are you SUREEEEEE? Promise? Pinky swear?" before he named someone to a post though....

As pointed out above, the appointee wasn't arrested. I was in a hurry and didn't read the complete article.

nope, but an appointee's office was raided. If he's not subject of the investigation, he'd very likely be on the informed side of things given his position and power... so just because he wasn't arrested doesn't mean there's no scandle or problem.

Ledgem said,
It's easy to say something like that in hindsight. Obama isn't omnipotent - perhaps he's choosing people based on who he thinks must be the least corrupt, most competent people available, and unfortunately for him, nearly all of them have some sort of valid corruption charges that could be brought against them? It's also possible, of course, that Obama himself is somewhat corrupt, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now. (Skepticism against him is healthy, of course - I have nothing against those who are constantly searching for a flaw.)

It's a sad though, but the stereotypes about politicians didn't come out of nowhere. What's the alternative? It seems that anyone coming from the top position of their field (except perhaps for scientists) is not well-regarded by the public, which doesn't make Obama's selection of staff members any better than if he were to limit himself to the political pool. And the average person can't be tapped for high-up positions, either, as the public would complain that Obama was selecting incompetent people (and there's a good chance that even the chosen average person would be found to be corrupt sooner or later). It's essentially lose-lose.

+1 , sad but basically true... nowadays you just cant 'fully' trust anyone.

but me personally i would take my chances with some average joe off the street vs your typical high up politician.... because even if they are 'incompetent' , at least there 'trying' to do good for 'the people' unlike vast majority of higher up politicians.

Authentic X said,
The FBI sux

What a nice meaningful comment to add to this discussion... Do you have any particular reason why you think "The FBI sux"?

Aren't they there to protect you citizens?

Calum said,
What a nice meaningful comment to add to this discussion... Do you have any particular reason why you think "The FBI sux"?

Aren't they there to protect you citizens?

who knows lol
whos going to watch the watchers?

Authentic X said,
The FBI sux


This has got to be one of the most ignorant & blatantly stupid comment I've seen yet on Neowin.

They arrested someone who has been accused of being involved in a bribery process within the highest part of the CTO's staff, and you think that - in your own words - that because of this "The FBI sux"?

Please grow a prefrontal cortex!