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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Kundra Expected to be Named to Top OMB IT Position

Vivek Kundra, Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, will not be the federal CTO, a position the new president is expected to create, as many had thought. Instead, he will be joining the Obama administration as head of the Office of E-Government and Information Technology, a post created in 2001 within the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

Kundra has high marks for geospatial folks as the brains behind the Apps for Democracy that lead to 47 open source apps developed by individuals and companies as part of a contest. Many of them were geospatial.

This may be good news for Kundra as word is the CTO will be focused on limited advising and evangelizing. Kundra’s new position will office will include operational responsibility.

The announcement is said to imminent and a memo has already been circulated at OMB, per Federal News Radio.

- Ars Technica

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/05 at 02:10 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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