Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Obama Appoints Virginian to CTO Post

By Michael D. Shear and Anita Kumar
President Obama has named Virginia's Secretary of Technology, Aneesh P. Chopra, to be the nation's first Chief Technology Officer.

The president announced the choice in his weekly radio and Internet address today, adding Chopra to a small group of advisers whose aim it is to enhance and modernize the delivery of government services.

"Aneesh will promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities -- from creating jobs and reducing health care costs to keeping our nation secure," Obama said in the radio address.

Obama also named Jeffrey Zients, a former management consultant, to be his chief performance officer, a position that was initially offered to Nancy Killifer, who withdrew after questions were raised about her failure to pay some taxes.

Appointed by Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine in 2006, Chopra had been under consideration for months for a job in the Obama administration, including technology chief at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Chopra had put in long hours in Washington helping Obama's transition team get him ready for his first day as president on Jan. 20. He was one of about 50 volunteers from across the nation serving on the transition's technology, innovation and government reform policy working group.

Chopra did not return messages for comment today. He is a former managing director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded health care think tank serving nearly 2,500 hospitals and health systems, Obama said.

Earlier this decade Zients played a key role in luring Major League Baseball back to Washington. In a 2004 Post profile, colleagues said that as a boss he can be direct when unhappy, but never disparaging.

Chopra and Zients will work with Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, a former top District official, to streamline government and make it work more efficiently.

"The goal is to give all Americans a voice in their government and ensure that they know exactly how we're spending their money -- and can hold us accountable for the results," Obama said.

The president also announced that he will be asking each of his cabinet members to provide specific proposals for how they plan to cut their budgets in an attempt to trim the cost of government.

Obama is under pressure to reduce government waste as he leads an unprecedented increase in overall federal spending in an attempt to spark an economic recovery.

In his radio address, he reiterated his pledge to examine the federal budget "line by line" in an attempt to find instances of waste. He said that in the coming weeks, he will eliminate programs that are deemed unnecessary.

"In this effort, there will be no sacred cows, and no pet projects. All across America, families are making hard choices, and it's time their government did the same," he said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Cast of Characters  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Antiabortion Groups Applaud Palin Revelation
Next: Obama Plans First Full (Almost) Cabinet Meeting



Can't seem to access, or post to, certain web sites -- especially, political sites?

Do cookie "blocks" show up in your "preferences" list, even though you didn't request a block, thus preventing you from access?

Are the functions of your computer "hijacked" by third-party remote computing software? Are you blocked from making posts to certain web sites, receiving messages like "you must be logged on to leave a comment" when the screen shows you've already logged on?

When you post, do typos, spelling errors and other anomalies appear in your comments -- even though you carefully proofread the submission?

You could be the unwitting victim of government "fusion centers" that apparently are using internet "filtering" and remote computing software to censor and maliciously tamper with the telecommunications of American citizens.

Please see this running account of an apparently "targeted" journalist and his quest to exercise his First Amendment right of free speech, and his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures of telecommunications.

Then demand that American Civil Liberties Union renew its fight against warrantless government spying by filing a class-action suit against unconstitutional interference with personal and business telecommunications.

Recently, while reading the ACLU blog, this reporter learned of the Bush-Cheney "doctrine" of "ideological exclusion" -- apparently used to bar political "activists" from abroad from visiting the United States.

Could authoritarian bureaucrats be using this doctrine as a justification to censor political speech in this country?

If you suspect the answer is "yes," please add your account to the free speech thread cited above!

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 18, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

PERSONAL TO MR. CHOPRA (staff/colleagues, please forward)


Now, please stop the proliferation and use of MICROWAVE RADIATION WEAPONRY ("directed energy weapons") as instruments of torture, behavior "modification" and physical degradation...

...even "slow-kill" death, by security/military/intelligence/law enforcement operatives

U.S. government officials KNOW ALL ABOUT THIS. No "investigation" is required.

Only the TRUTH from Bush-Cheney hold-overs.



OR (if link is corrupted):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 18, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how long it will be until Chopra outsources the government's IT industry to India.

Posted by: david1976 | April 18, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

If he wants to find waste he should look at his stimulus package.

Posted by: dirty_ed | April 18, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Aneesh Chopra is a superb choice. He brings a unique combination of vision and real-world experience to the role. It is encouraging the President is committed to making him a member of the senior economic policy team, and that he will play a leading role in putting IT to work for the American people, as recommended by the IT industry in a December 4 letter to Obama (see

Posted by: dalecurtis | April 18, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company