Obama Names First National CIO


We were wondering when it would happen, but this morning, President Barack Obama named the nation's first federal CIO.

Vivek Kundra, 34, rises to the national role after serving as chief technology officer for Washington, D.C. According to The New York Times:

The White House said Thursday that it had selected Vivek Kundra, 34, the chief technology officer for the District, to the federal position, where he will be expected to oversee a push to expand uses of cutting-edge technology. He will have wide powers over federal technology spending, over information sharing between agencies, over greater public access to government information and over questions of security and privacy.

Veteran government CIO Bob Otto offered a number of thoughts on what the national CIO needs to do.

Every CIO has to deal with some degree of bureaucracy; Kundra just stepped into the biggest one on earth. And with President Obama's promise of investing in innovation and making government more efficient, Kundra will have his hands full.

More to come soon.


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