It has been reported that President Barack Obama has announced today that he has selected Virginia Secretary of Technology, Aneesh Chopra, to fill the position of chief technology officer (CTO) for the federal government. Congratulations to Secretary Chopra! As someone who has had the opportunity to work with him, I am not surprised at the choice. Secretary Chopra will serve the administration well in this role.
In his address, Obama stated “Aneesh Chopra, who is currently the Secretary of Technology for Governor Kaine of Virginia, has agreed to serve as America’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, 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.”
From the White House Press Secretary today at 6am. “In his weekly address, President Barack Obama announced that Jeffrey Zients, a CEO, management consultant and entrepreneur, will join the administration as the Chief Performance Officer, and that Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, will serve as the Chief Technology Officer. Zients will also serve as Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget. He will work to streamline processes, cut costs, and find the best practices throughout the government. As Chief Technology Officer, Chopra will promote technological innovation to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland. Together with Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, they will help give all Americans a government that is effective, efficient, and transparent.”
Again, congratulations and good luck to Secretary Chopra!