Vivek Kundra named as the federal government’s CIO.March 6th, 2009 - 11:58 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Today, the President Barack Obama announced that Vivek Kundra, chief technology officer for the District, will be the federal chief information officer.
Previously,Vivek Kundra served as the CTO for D.C.’s city government, and also have received a good deal of acclaim for his work in making that government act economically. Among other things, Kundra has slashed the city’s IT costs by shifting government e-mail and work applications over to Google Apps and has pushed for more transparency by posting lists on the Web of jobs that government contractors have been hired to perform.
The exact job description for the position has not yet been announced, but the chief technology officer might focus more on overall technology policy while the chief information officer will handle day-to-day spending and operations within agency projects.
Before serving in the District, Virginia Government. Timothy Kaine named him assistant secretary of commerce and technology, the first dual cabinet role in the state’s history.
Vivek Kundra was born in New Delhi, and brought up in Tanzania and speaks Swahili as his first language. His family moved to the U.S. when he was 11 and he grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland.