Washington, Mar 6: US President Barack Obama on Friday, Mar 6 appointed Vivek Kundra to the new administrative position of Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO).
This is the highest ranking for an Indian American in US administration so far. Currently, Kundra is the Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia.
He is responsible for technology operations and strategy for 86 agencies. As the nation"s CIO, Kundra will direct the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments.
Lowering the cost of government operations through the use of technology, interoperability of technology across government agencies, and security are other major objectives.
“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 a statement.
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 will work with Obama"s yet-to-be-named chief technology officer to promote the president"s technology agenda.