March 13th, 2009
05:09 AM ET
6 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.

Related: Obama names chief information officer


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  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    Is Obama just a poor judge of character or does politics attract opportunists, swindlers, cheaters, narcissistic types?

    March 12, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Jim

    We're learning very quickly we have a criminal Administation.

    March 12, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. albo58

    Geez, can't this administration stay above the law? Shouldn't we the American taxpayers expect/demand some sort of ethical behavior from these public servants? The days of blaming Bush for the beginning of time to date are over. So it's time for Obama to walk the walk/talk the talk!

    March 12, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. aggie7214

    Another crook in the administration? Imagine that! This is almost as bad as the clinton era!

    March 12, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Bob

    Sure is hard to find good help these days – especially if you are a Democrat.

    March 12, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. The Info Czar is guilty...

    and he's going down.

    March 12, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. liz

    and now come all of the guilty until proven innocent and then still guilty rantings...

    March 12, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. Jana

    That's some Change we can believe in....

    March 12, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    so FBI still works for Bush and Cheney?

    March 12, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Ray Fisher

    Perhaps they are looking for unpaid taxes???

    March 12, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Frank

    Is this man not a scam?

    How many of his selections are convicts, tax cheats, or have suspect pasts?

    Can we have a new election?

    This man compared to Lincoln?

    An empty suit

    March 12, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    What are the odds that Obama is just so unlucky in picking people to work for him that a third of them turn out to be crooks? Isn't it a lot more likely that DC is so full of crooks that it's hard to avoid them?

    March 12, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Somebody, please explain to me what the heck is going on here!! This is no longer funny!

    March 12, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

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

    Question for CNN: If that is the story then why the headline?
    .

    March 12, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Rod

    I think its nice to have an administration that would like the people in it to be above reproach. Good Job Obama, and by the way, Great work so far and pay no attention to those negative minded republican haters.

    March 12, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. gawania

    Oh it is just coincidental that everytime Obama appoints someone they are being investigated for something or other. .. I do not believe in coincidences but I do believe in tit for tat.. and I see it's like that. You could not stop his presidency but you can do everything possible to try to degrade and debase him.. bad sports and poor loser still stick out like a sore thumb..

    March 12, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. Tom in Delaware

    Let's be fair...there's really no story here, at least right now.

    Vivek Kundra isn't a suspect but it's pretty bad timing considering all the reat of the chaos going on.

    I'm a conservative and I can dish out a smarmy remark with the best of them, but I really would like to see this economy start to calm down.

    Hope he gets back on the job soon.

    March 12, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. Tiff of lithia springs

    OMG! What mess have we stirred up now?

    March 12, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Reality Check

    Figures... so what is new?!

    March 12, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. xddy4u

    All this is getting RIDICULOUS. Give Obama a Break. I see the fight is not getting this Country going, it's about trying to make Obama look Bad.

    March 12, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. The Rector

    And I thought the republicanc were shady!

    March 12, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. karkri

    I am a huge Obama supporter, but something is seriously wrong with his vetting process, if there is any.

    March 12, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. fred

    oh gosh..........we don't need these czars anyways. If government personel was a spending bill, these czars would be the earmarks in it.

    March 12, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  24. DIZIZI31

    What is the GOP up to now?

    March 12, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  25. ja3p0

    how many questionable connections does this president have to have before being questioned the tough questions himself? i mean, during the campaign it was accepted that the media didn't do its job. but with all of the badgering that Clinton and Bush went through you'd think that the election euphoria would wear off.

    March 12, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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