Obama's Technology Czar on the Outs?
The arrest yesterday of a D.C. government official on bribery charges may lead to the quick resignation of President Obama's chief information officer.
Vivek Kundra, who recently headed D.C.'s Office of Technology, signed on to become the first-ever technology czar to help increase government efficiency. The 34-year-old was previously technology adviser on Obama's transition team. He has since taken a leave of absence.
While in his D.C. role, Kundra was known for "taking an unconventional approach to government, which is not typically first to adopt the latest computing trends":
Kundra has introduced popular consumer tools to bureaucratic processes, runs his office like a tech start-up and works by the mantra that citizens are "co-creators rather than subjects."
Yesterday, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said he was unaware of the technology office investigation until yesterday's raid and arrests. He said the city will "cooperate fully" with the probe, according to The Post's Del Quentin Wilber and Nikita Stewart.
And the arrest of the government official begs a few questions, Computerworld notes:
The management abilities of Yusuf Acar, the acting chief IT security officer who was arrested, are open to question, too. Was something missed in the background checks? Hello, auditors?
By Derek Kravitz |
March 13, 2009; 4:48 PM ET
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