Washington (DC) – Yesterday, President Barack Obama named Vivek Kundra as the first appointee to the newly created Chief Information Officer cabinet position. Kundra will direct the manner in which the United States embraces and encourages technology in home and business, as well as in its continued use, development and deployment, throughout the duration of Obama’s administration.
Kundra already has some experience operating in Washington, as he hails from the Washington municipal government. He was named IT Executive of the Year in 2008. He looks to “help the president unleash a technology revolution and create a new e-White House” which, he says, have come up against some imposed technology, privacy and security restrictions thus far.
Kundra’s new role will have him directly involved with all aspects of federal technology initiatives. He will direct and guide policy, as well as strategic planning. He will also oversee all spending for federal technology budgets.
Obama said in a statement, “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. 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.”
There’s an Obama Truth Tracker website that’s been created. While not all of the items listed there relate to technology, the website was created to give readers a visual cue as to how well Obama is doing based on his campaign promises. So far, when it comes to technology at least, Obama is moving toward keeping up with his promises. With this appointment, he scratches off #391 on page 20.
At the time of this writing, Vivek Kundra’s Wikipedia biographical page had undergone 18 changes in the past 14 hours, with no other changes dating back to February 22, 2009, and February 9, 2009 before that. His biography page was created on Monday, November 24, 2008 (the week of Thanksgiving).
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