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Vivek Kundra- named Chief Information Officer


NRI Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer, back On The Job

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2009

Federal Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra returned to his job today, White House officials told the New York Times after it was reported today by TechPresident.

Kundra took a five-day leave of absence after the FBI raided his former stomping grounds: the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Technology Officer. Kundra was not implicated in the bribery charges that former employee Yusuf Acar now faces. Kundra's quick departure from his new job came hours after his first public appearance after taking on the new role. He spoke last week about his priorities at the FOSE government technology trade show in Washington.

Vivek Kundra takes a leave of absence when NRI Sushil Bansal arrested

NRI Sushil Bansal CEO of the Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation (AITC), charged with bribery and money laundering. Federal Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra's office was raided by FBI agents because of kickbacks, bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and conflict of interest there.

It is not confirmed that Vivek Kundra, 34, involved in any wrong doing. He has taken a leave of absence according to White House officials .....Read More

NRI Vivek Kundra was named Chief Information Officer by President Obama
Responsible for $71-billion in annual federal IT spending.

WASHINGTON, DC, March 5, 2009

Today, President Barack Obama named Vivek Kundra the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the White House.

The Federal Chief Information Officer directs the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and is responsible for oversight of federal technology spending. The Federal CIO establishes and oversees enterprise architecture to ensure system interoperability and information sharing and ensure information security and privacy across the federal government. The CIO will also work closely with the Chief Technology Officer to advance the President’s technology agenda.

President Obama said, "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."

As CIO, Kundra will take the place of Karen Evans, former e-government leader for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and have an extremely broad set of responsibilities. He said he would scrutinize the $71 billion that the federal government spends on technology each year and make sure that it is managed effectively. He will also make sure those investments increase public access to government information, improve citizen participation, and help the public sector adopt technology at least as fast as the private sector, he said.

The following announcement was made today:

Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer
Vivek Kundra formerly served in Mayor Fenty's cabinet as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia, responsible for technology operations and strategy for 86 agencies. He has been recognized among the top 25 CTO's in the country and as the 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government operations. Kundra is also recognized for his leadership in public safety communications, cyber security and IT portfolio management. Before Kundra came to the District, Governor Timothy M. Kaine appointed him Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the first dual cabinet role in the state's history. Kundra's diverse record also includes technology and public policy experience in private industry and academia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and holds a MS in Information Technology from the University of Maryland.






Vivek Kundra was born in New Delhi in 1975, migrated with his parents to Tanzania where he lived till he was 11 and then moved to the US.

  • President Barack Obama appointed him Federal Chief Technology Officer to help oversee government technology for the ability of computer systems to speak to each other and security for vast federal information databanks.
  • Kundra stressed the need to lower costs and increase accountability as he wrestles to streamline the $71-billion in annual federal IT spending.