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

Obama info czar takes leave during FBI investigation

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. bs

    Pres. Obama should send the Czar to stop Bloomberg and the MTA from incraesing fares. Where is all that pork going?

    No 3rd Term for Bloomberg!

    March 12, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    If this isn't MORE OF THE SAME, then I don't know what is.

    March 12, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Bobby

    Obamas administration is full of shady characters and your typical Washington insiders. Were is the 'CHANGE ?

    March 12, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. Jim

    Can Obama make a single good pick for any position?

    March 12, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Jason Smith

    Notice how little attention is given to this story in light of all the other appointments with tax/ethical problems one would think this would be a much bigger story but then again I'm not suprised. I wonder how many people turn to your website to get accurate and balanced political insight and information only to turn quickly to another...

    March 12, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. reagan fan forever

    Seriously, does Obama even KNOW anyone who is a decent person?

    March 12, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Al-Virginia

    When is this nightmare going to end with Pres Obama's appointees.
    Who is in charge of the vetting process. Looks like another
    blunder by this administration.

    March 12, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |



    March 12, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. R FROM PA

    Not another Obama appointee in trouble with the law. How many is that now? Is this the change we are to believe in?

    March 12, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Aww.. why not just investigate all the phony czars while they are at it. They even have a new czar for women too. Too many positions duplicated. Good call by the well respected Senator Bryd.

    March 12, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. LisaB

    What happened to the great Obama vetting process?

    March 12, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. Maggie

    Perhaps Obama needs to be investigated as well as the other FBI investigations. He does not seem to attract anything but shady people with questionable alies.

    March 12, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. Neecy

    Nice job...keep up that solid judgement Mr. Prezident!! You sure can pick'em.

    March 12, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  14. TCM

    utterly amazing how this guy "coincidentally," quit just prior to the FBI raiding the office.....The FBI gathers data and surveillance for months on individuals before arrests are made. Obama knew about it, and advised his pick to quit...and that he'd delay the raid....that's how dirty OBama, and his Chicago style of politics are....totally shameful for this country to have such a thug in the White House. I hope you libs are proud of the way you disgraced this country.

    March 12, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Jonathan


    March 12, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  16. Bob the Observer

    Our new president is fast becoming the 21st century version of US Grant - a great man who has no judgment regarding character. From his first pick, Rahm Emmanuel, to his most recent one, he seems to find the sleasiest and most flawed of all. Ron Kirk, corrupt former mayor of Dallas, is trying to pay back taxes so he can be appointed, and the list goes on. Bush had Cheney and Rove. Nearly all of Mr. Obama's choices are looking like that.

    He needs to find one good, honest person to make his choices for him. And he needs to do it fast. Grant was probably one of the most honest, humble, and moral men to ever be a president, but his adminstration is arguably the most corrupt we ever had.

    I hope and pray that Barack Obama can avoid repeating history.

    March 12, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. Scott, Tucson

    This has got to be the most inept administration ever in seating cabinet/administration personnel. And they're going to fix the economy? They can't even get their own house in order.

    March 12, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. Misery Missouri

    An Administration member in trouble and its not Taxes evation! Good news.

    March 12, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. Joe

    Lou Dobbs tried soo much to stick this on Obama but by now by just watching his show you would be turned off straight aways since the truth sticks out straight away....How sad!

    March 12, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  20. KS Hawk

    This non story has been up for almost 5 hours with out a single post getting through. I for one already tried to post but CNN rejected it. Why? Maybe because I challenged how misleading the title is. Brought up the fact that Obama's aide has nothing to do with this per the FBI AND the fact this took place under Bush Admin. and FBI was investigating BEFORE Kundra was appointed, and that same story was on ticker earlier under a different misleading title. Looks like CNN is the new Fox News and that you don't post any comment that you disagree with.

    March 12, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  21. Sabreen60

    Maybe the corruption is deeper and far more reaching than President Obama realized. I'd say there is a lot of house cleaning to do.

    March 12, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. Iyapo Kontar

    The news media has gone to far in their reporting talking about thing that they know nothing.

    How can they talk about Tim Geithner as if he was some kind of dummy

    They need to get in there place and remember if they don't they could be out of work.

    Thing quick and we Americans arnt (Dummies.

    March 13, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. Jason

    is it that there are simply no non-corrupt politicians left for Obama to appoint to his cabinet? Hell, I'll take a job in politics. Why not...

    March 13, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  24. Gary

    It is so hard to believe how much trouble the obama administration has had in only 2 months – – 3 appointees with tax problems, 3 other treasury appointees withdrawl due to secret vetting problems, an attorney general who brokered a "pardon for cash" bribe, at least 3 waivers to allow lobbiest in the administration and now the FBI raiding this guys office? What is next?

    He promised to be out of Iraq in 16 months – that's not happening, he's talking about 35 to 50K troops perminently. A surge in Afghanistan? No constitutional rights for Gitmo detainees? A deficit so huge it makes Bush look fiscally responsible? earmarks? pork spending? socialized medicine? raising taxes?

    I don't get's like he wants to go down in history as being the worst President in history. I've never seen so many problems in such a short time. Can anyone explain this?

    March 13, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  25. B

    What's up with all this CZAR crap? People this is one strange president. He does think he's A god. Chief Information Officer, now that sounds like grown ups are running the show. Commander In Chief is a real job not a video game.

    Word Origins: czar
    Home > Library > Literature & Language > International Word Origins

    from Russian
    This word originated in Russia

    Many countries have had kings and emperors, monarchs and tyrants, dictators and autocrats. But only Russia has had a real czar.

    The character of a czar was established by the first Russian ruler to bear that title, Ivan IV. When he was seventeen, in 1547, he was crowned czar of all Russia. By the time of his death thirty-seven years later, he had earned the nickname Ivan the Terrible. He governed absolutely, and he ruthlessly eliminated anyone who stood in his way, including not only the nobility but also his son and heir, Ivan, whom he killed in a rage. He had seven wives, not at once but in succession. When he tired of one, she would be murdered or sent off to a nunnery. But he was also intelligent, learned, and a talented writer. It was during his reign that printing was introduced to Russia.

    March 13, 2009 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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