Barack Obama names new Chief Information Officer

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nascio_1 Barack Obama has announced that Vivek Kundra, a former Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, as the new Federal Chief Information Officer, which will oversee the architecture and spending of technology across the entire federal Government.

The Chief Information Officer will work with the Chief Technology Officer, which is still currently vacant, to promote the new President’s technology agenda.

“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,” President Obama said in a press release.

“I have directed him to work to ensure that we are using the spirit of American innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and lower the cost of government operations. 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.”

Before become the CTO for the District of Columbia, he was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and he has been one of the most recognisable CTOs in the country, ranking in the top 25.