March 13th, 2009
05:09 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama info czar takes leave during FBI investigation

 President Obama, who sports a special PDA since being sworn in, named his administration's chief information officer just last week.
President Obama, who sports a special PDA since being sworn in, named his administration's chief information officer just last week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – After just a week on the job, the Obama administration’s new chief information officer is taking a leave of absence until further notice.

A White House official tells CNN that Vivek Kundra is taking a leave from his post at the Office of Management and Budget until more details become known about an FBI investigation that resulted in a search of his former work place.

Related: FBI searches Washington technology office

A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Kundra is not involved in the case.

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  1. HelloooOOOOO

    Looks to "me" like just nore of the "clean up washington" Pres Obama "said" he was going to do..why dont we all just WAIT and see what developes before making ugly, cutting , hatefilled remarks...

    March 13, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Shayne in NH

    Convenient cover story to take the heat away from the RNC and Steele.....VERY interesting timing.....

    March 13, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. yuri

    Confusions galore in some of BHO cabinet appointments! And still a number of posts are vexatiously vacant for want of valiant vettin'
    processes. We can only hope that the entire cabinet will be filled before year end so the Govt. can go on vacation.

    March 13, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. anon

    It was interesting to read through the comments last week on all the blame that was placed on President Obama for the stock market falling. By the nutty right wing logic, shouldn't President Obama also be blamed for the stock market now showing gains?

    Just wondering.

    March 13, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. toby

    Come on people, get involved. Make a call or write your elected officials TODAY. Flood there offices with your dissatifaction. Tell them you're not putting them back in office if whatever bothers you does not change

    March 13, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. wait before making ugly, cutting , hatefilled remarks

    now that would be reasonable, thoughtful and not much fun

    March 13, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. HelloooOOOOO

    I would think it was neccessary for him to take "leave" while the FBI combed through all info in that office for indiscretions..He wasnt even implied to be "guilty", his subordinates were, maybe FBI is looking for info left behind from Bushs administration...give it a break folks, we DONT have all the info yet !

    March 13, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Independent

    This is a good thing. At least we know that they are making sure that people that fill positions are clean and if not they are out! Unlike the Republicans. That is why the Republicans are all angry about regulations, they wont be able to hide their crooked ways.

    March 13, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. DP

    @KS Hawk – You made the point perfectly without even realizing it. If the investigation was happening during the Bush administration, why did Obama nominate Kundra for the post? How come this did not come up during the Congressional hearings? Do you think Kundra is the only person qualified for a CIO position?

    March 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. obama-mama

    TC is sitting home waiting for a handout instead of getting of his tail and doing something about his life. President Obama is doing his job. Maybe you should try and do yours

    March 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. rm

    Did any of you Obama bashers even read the article? It said......that Kundra IS NOT involved in the case. Geez, don't be so eager to point fingers. That is why the Republican Party is so disfunctional now!!

    March 13, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. charlie in maine

    If you set the bar higher not as many will be able to jump over it. I am sure all those in the Bush administration were good enough, but let's face it good enough for that crowd wasn't good enough for America.

    You Obamaphobes out there can keep trying to sell the standards as a negative but the American people aren't buying it.

    March 13, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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