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Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO 90

Posted by timothy
from the depart-for-cooler-climes dept.
CWmike writes "The first person ever appointed as the CIO of the federal government, Vivek Kundra, is resigning after two and a half years on the job, the White House said Thursday. There was no hint in the announcement made by Jack Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget, that Kundra's exit was prompted by a shift in the White House's view on IT. Lew, who praised the CIO's work, said Kundra was leaving to take a fellowship at Harvard. Kundra was appointed CIO a few months after President Barack Obama took office. He immediately outlined an agenda that emphasized cloud adoption, use of consumer technologies, and making data available to the public on new sites, such as data.gov. He was critical of big IT contracts that moved too slowly and were at risk of failing."
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Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO

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  • by mcmonkey (96054) on Thursday June 16, 2011 @06:40PM (#36469068) Homepage

    Watch him start a "consulting" business that counts among its clients some very high profile tech companies.

    That wouldn't be unusual for someone leaving a high profile government position, but...

    Lew said Kundra will move to Harvard in mid-August to serve as a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

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