For the first time ever, the White House will have a federal Chief Information Officer.
President Barack Obama appointed Vivek Kundra, who served as Chief Technology Officer for D.C.’s government, to the position Thursday reports The Washington Post.
After running a successful campaign that took advantage of several social networking tools including Facebook, Twitter and text messaging, the president promised to bring someone on board to help the government better implement 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,” Obama said in his announcement. “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.”
Kundra, 34, was born in India and grew up in Tanzania. Before working with the D.C. government he was Assistant Secretary of Technology under Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine. He also served as a technology adviser on the president’s transition team. In his newest role, he will lead the charge in making information from the government more available to the public and using technology to cut government costs, reports the paper.