Vivek Kundra named US govt. Chief Information Officer

In a press release today, President Obama named Vivek Kundra Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the White House, where he will work closely with the Chief Technical Officer to "advance the President's technology agenda". Vivek Kundra will be responsible for managing (mainly internal) government IT operations, and managing IT costs in particular. He will also be responsible for the security and privacy of internal information that is shared across the government, as well as contributing advice for IT decisions.

President Obama said today, "Vivek Kundra will bring a depth of experience in the technology arena and a commitment to lowering the cost of government operations to this position. As Chief Information Officer, he will play a key role in making sure our government is running in the most secure, open, and efficient way possible."

Vivek Kundra had experience as Chief Technology Officer in Mayor Fenty's cabinet for the District of Columbia, as well as being named 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his "pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government operations."

In an effort to increase government transparency, Vivek will be creating a public data feed, named data.gov, according to an article by NetworkWorld. The article also stated that the budget he will be managing will be $71 billion.

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I find it interesting that there isn't very much information about him on Wikipedia. While he sounds like he has great ideas, it doesn't mention anything about how much he knows about internet security. Anyone else a little concerned about that?

We should encourage him to spend more time online, on sites such as this. It would allow him to take the temperature of the IT community, etc. instead of just big business/media interests.

I don̢۪t know if the world is ready for a Suit that is informed about the IT communities. Nope not quite yet lol

Their will be a post on here shortly titled "White House Hacked". These clowns have zero idea all they're worried about is the latest phone, Messenger and what the Facebook profile says they're doing!

The only thing he's done has been to propose even more government control on the internet. Add to that the Democrats that are push for taxing purchases online, and you have to wonder why these stupid Obama kids still think this guy is some "geek friendly" president.

Ozood said,
The only thing he's done has been to propose even more government control on the internet. Add to that the Democrats that are push for taxing purchases online, and you have to wonder why these stupid Obama kids still think this guy is some "geek friendly" president.

So true, makes me cry on the inside.

Ah yes, technology has really been stagnate over the past 8 years. Lets all praise Obama for taking us out of the dark ages! Is there anything this guy can't do!?!?