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.

Related: Obama names chief information officer


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  1. John from LA

    So now Obamabots-what is this all about?-hmmmmmm-but all of you will say-this has nothing to do with the Great and almighty O-chicago politics all the way!!!-and before any of the Bots start with their "repug" crap-I've been following politics for 30 years...and I'm an Independent.

    But most of the people posting here were born during Clinton's admin-Remember..It's OK to disagree and hold your Pres. accountable!

    March 13, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  2. TC

    Obama...ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!
    do a little background on these people!!!
    You are such a huge dissapointment. Can't wait till your 4 years is up!!!

    March 13, 2009 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  3. TC

    When are you going to do what you PROMISED???? and when are you going to take responsibility??? move on and live up to your promisises!!!
    You cannot blame everything on the past!!! You are a huge dissapointment...to say the least! I am sorry you got my vote, I will not be LIED to again... Go ahead Democrats start your mud slinging, and blame the Bush administration... that is all you have is BLAME BLAME BLAME!!!!! well this is all yours !!! OWN IT!!!!

    March 13, 2009 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  4. James in CA. I can't wait

    I can't wait to see all the Rushkins and the Wizzard of OZ make comments on this story.

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

    That will not stop those on the Right from accusing another appointee of Obama's from being accused falsely for things he was not involved with or did.

    Nothing is beyond those on the Right that want Obama to fail, political party first, country last.

    March 13, 2009 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  5. Joe

    LOL, where are all the comments in support of Obama today? Appointing tax evaders and people of questionable ethical backgrounds are just a few of the hundreds of things Barack Obama has done wrong or is currently doing wrong. We will hear the word "impeachment" by the end of this term.

    March 13, 2009 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  6. meadowlands

    Ahh – another one bites the dust. BO isn't doing so good with his administration picks. I guess he isn't as smart as he (or the Dumbocrats) thinks he is. If you are the owner or boss of a business you are responsible for what goes on on your watch. It was his duty to know. Good luck with this guy being chief information officer – he can't even run a company and he is going to be chief techie for the US.
    What a joke. Looks like the only people Obama knows are crooks

    March 13, 2009 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  7. LIZ

    I think President Obama needs to Just start all over on his cabinet, aides, etc. Really vet them this time. Start with the Sec. of Treasury and work his way down–there's not a lot of confidence in a man who didn't pay his taxes being the Sec of Treasury

    March 13, 2009 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  8. Steve

    Why can't this man seem to be able to fill his cabinet without a flow of crooked cronies. Never mind, I forgot he's from Chicago.

    March 13, 2009 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  9. rachel

    hmmm why the leave so soon. Nothing to hide why dip out so soon?

    March 13, 2009 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  10. cruiserGT

    Wow... it is good to know that someone has their eyes open and realized something was amiss. Kundra will not be able to hold this position if his underlings being investigated are guilty of stealing public money. Especially when such a post requires a very high level of trust.

    The CIO must be beyond reproach. I am surprised that Kundra was able to get without being highly recommended. It would be interesting to know who placed Kundra on the short list?

    March 13, 2009 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  11. Polly

    All of his picks are in trouble. It's old already.

    March 13, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  12. bobg

    In the Bush administration, Kundra would have recieved a promotion.

    March 13, 2009 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. Bosworth

    Doesn't this guy know ANYONE without conspicuously tainted connections? Vetting?????

    March 13, 2009 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  14. Richard A. Spomer, Alexandria, VA

    President Obama,

    You would think You would have had better people wanting to work in your administration, and have a selecting committee with understanding what job are being filled, and the best qualification of candidates being looked at. It is not your fault, however, the flunkies you are paying a good salaries to be letting you down big time, you should just fire them now.

    March 13, 2009 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  15. Joel

    Some change same old failed POlicys

    Haven't we heard this before

    See what 785 million buys you

    March 13, 2009 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  16. Dan

    Just another day in the most corrupt administration in the history of this country. I cannot believe this buffoon is the President. I wish GW was back. Barry is a joke. His appointees are crooks. His VP is an idiot. He is ruining our economy...and before you say it is Bush's fault, check your facts. It is largely due to the democrat controlled congress that we are in this mess. Besides, Barry ran the economy further into the ground in his two months as President than any other President in History. You know what? Keep the Change. If that is Hope and Change you can believe in, then you are all a bunch of delusional idiots. Can't wait till 2012 when the Republicans regain control of both houses and the Presidency. You will say that won't happen, but it did very soon after Carter and Barry is Carter on steroids...lol. Republicans 2010, 2012

    March 13, 2009 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  17. Dawn

    ok, and he is taking a leave of absence, because the FBI is investgation some wrong doings, so where the h*ll was the FBI at during the Dubyas 8 years.

    March 13, 2009 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  18. RUVTECH

    More change you can believe in.....

    March 13, 2009 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  19. CNN ( certainly not news )

    WOW!!!!! ARE ALL OF OBAMAS ACQUAINTANCES CRIMINAL!!!!!

    THIS IS A REAL HOOT, THATS WHAT THIS IS......

    And just for you dummycraps.....show me his birth certificate, show me his school records. I feel you will find some really dark secret in his school essays.

    March 13, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  20. paul

    WHAT?!!

    What happened to Transparency? What happened to Change in the old Washington way? What happened to THOROUGH back round checking?!

    But he remains calm. That's what you have to love about Mr Obama, no matter how many of his cronies are shown to break the law ... and failing to pay taxes is BREAKING THE LAW ... no matter how many come under investigation, no matter how many had/have their hands in the economic mess of today (Hello Tim and Mr Summers), Mr Obama remains calm, cool and collective. Gotta love a man like that.

    ugh

    March 13, 2009 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. Fred NJ

    Now THIS is change we can believe in. Wow...this clown is in WAY over his head. Does anyone in the Democratic party have any integrity left? Can one decent democrat please stand up?

    March 13, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  22. Todd

    Wow! Just one, Obama!! Please pick just one person to be on your staff who doesn't have something blow up in both of your faces once you announce them.

    I'm not even a fan of Barrack, but I am starting to feel sorry for the guy. Maybe this was too tough of a job for him!

    March 13, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  23. d1120

    Another one bites the dust.....what's the count up to...50?

    March 13, 2009 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  24. Proud Conservative

    Just another day in the most corrupt administration in the history of this country. I cannot believe this buffoon is the President. I wish GW was back. Barry is a joke. His appointees are crooks. His VP is an idiot. He is ruining our economy...and before you say it is Bush's fault, check your facts. It is largely due to the democrat controlled congress that we are in this mess. Besides, Barry ran the economy further into the ground in his two months as President than any other President in History. You know what? Keep the Change. If that is Hope and Change you can believe in, then you are all a bunch of delusional idiots. Can't wait till 2012 when the Republicans regain control of both houses and the Presidency. You will say that won't happen, but it did very soon after Carter and Barry is Carter on steroids...lol. Republicans 2010, 2012...

    March 13, 2009 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  25. sna

    President Obama said " Let's Clean Up Corruption " He will have to get a totall new staff. A new generation !

    March 13, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
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