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Obama names Apple, Google-friendly US CIO

updated 10:25 am EST, Thu March 5, 2009

Obama Picks Kundra as CIO

President Obama this morning officially named Vivek Kundra as the US government's federal Chief Information Officer. The decision is based on Kundra's experience as Chief Technology Officer for all of the DC government's agencies as well as a simultaneous Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology in Virginia. The CIO role takes on the task of overseeing the government's technology spending as well as improving its interoperability, privacy and security.

Obama has previously drawn on Kundra as one of the advisers for his technology policy and reflects this in the mandate he has set out for the new position, which he hopes will have government running in the "most secure, open, and efficient" form possible.

While aspects of net neutrality in the US' updated technology policy were primarily guided by new FCC head Julius Genachowski, Kundra is said by CNET News to have stressed efficiency as well as putting information online and making it more transparent. In DC, Kundra is well-known for establishing a district-wide government intranet based heavily on Google web apps; he has also used both Google and Apple to develop a content production system designed to provide government information to iPhones and other mobile devices.

While favoring the two companies in recent work, the new CIO is also recognized for a platform-agnostic approach that encourages open source, accessible code as well as receiving direct public input online.

Kundra and the Obama administration will ultimately be helped by the upcoming establishment of the first-ever federal Chief Technology Officer, who is to help both modernize the government as well as more formally guide national technology policy.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    No more Windows in gov?

    If the government stops using Windows, it could help save tons of money.

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  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -14

    Welcome Comrade

    "the new CIO is also recognized for a platform-agnostic approach that encourages open source, accessible code as well as receiving direct public input online." More of that Obamadrama "spread the wealth" thinking!

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Steve?

    What does Steve Carell have to do with this? Hahaha.

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  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    I'll bet

    this chump was improperly vetted too.

    What do you think? Tax evasion? Hiring illegals? Sleeping with interns? KILLING interns?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    great...

    the first-ever federal Chief Technology Officer, who is to help both modernize the government as well as more formally guide national

    great. Just what we need. More gov't mandates over what people should use.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    lockhartt

    I meant the guy in the picture looks like Steve Carell. Thanks for the lengthy respond though. Haha.

  1. MacnnChester

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    So

    So all you pseudo-free market capitalists, neo-cons now are complaining when govt. is run like a business.

    Businesses have Chief Information Officers and now that Obama thinks that the feds need one, all of a sudden he's a socialist.

    This guy is in charge of creating a consistent and intelligent government information system - probably the most important way for average citizens to keep track of things - and absolutely necessary for democracy to evolve. What problem do you have with that?!

    Enron, AIG, Lehman Bros and plenty of good ole titans of capitalism have lost more wealth for Americans in the last 6 months than the Feds have so take a reality check before talking like latter day Ayn Rands. It doesn't work anymore.

    Remember Democracy is just as important as Capitalism, something the neo-cons decided to forget.

  1. aaronmarks

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Terrific News

    I'm all for it and hope this leads to a better unified technology platform for the government that will produce efficiency that benefits every American.

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