March 5th, 2009
11:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama names Chief Information Officer

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Pres. Obama, who sports a special PDA since being sworn in, named his Chief Information Officer Thursday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama has named a Washington, DC official the federal government’s Chief Information Officer, the White House announced Thursday.

Vivek Kundra joins the new administration after serving two of the president’s political supporters, working for Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty as the capital city’s CIO, and for Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the state’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology.

“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,” the president said in a statement. “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.”

As the federal government’s CIO, Kundra will direct “the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and is responsible for oversight of federal technology spending,” according to the White House, and work closely with the federal government’s Chief Technology Officer to advance the new administration’s technology agenda.

President Obama has yet to name his Chief Technology Officer.

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soundoff (8 Responses)


    March 5, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Noble

    Many firsts in this administration.

    March 5, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. gary

    Did he work as a lobbiest? Did he pay his taxes?

    March 5, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Baze


    March 5, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Sue, Miami

    Congrats, hope it works out for another 8 years.

    March 5, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. yuri

    This 34 year old Indian-American seems to be an interesting innovation in BHO's appointments. Aside from taxes, we hope he has been victoriously vetted with a vengeance by the BHO team. Else, all hell will break lose again, probably catalyzed by the lunatic Limbaugh.

    March 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Rob Kole

    How many Chiefs does it take to run a government? And how will Obama be able to keep control over them?

    March 5, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Pamela Rainsong

    Hey Alan from PA – Has Sarah Palin paid her's yet? I think not.

    I'm sure Obama's pick will do a great job.

    March 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |