Fed CIO Vivek Kundra Leaves White House for Harvard

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has announced his intentions to leave the Obama administration to pursue a position at Harvard University.

Kundra was appointed as the first Federal CIO in 2009 after having served as an advisor on Obama's transition team.

Kundra is probably most known for his role in developing the 25-point plan for federal agencies to govern information technology acquisitions and for advocating a transition to cloud-based systems for the U.S. government.

"I want to congratulate [Kundra] on his move to Harvard in mid-August to serve as a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society," said Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew.

"We are planning for a smooth transition, continuing these remarkable gains in changing the way the federal government manages IT and Vivek’s impact on cutting waste and making government work better for the American people will continue to be felt well beyond his departure from federal service," Lew said.

Kundra previously served as Director of Infrastructure Technology for Arlington County, Virginia and as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for Virginia before becoming the Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia.

Department of Homeland Security Deputy Undersecretary Philip Reitinger also recently left the administration citing the desire to spend more time with family, but indicated he wishes to remain active in the cybersecurity field.

"I have young children and I have spent less time with them over the past few years than I would like. I intend to spend a lot of time with my family over the summer, and in the course of that decide how I can best play a role in advancing infrastructure protection and cybersecurity," Reitinger said.

Reitinger had previously served as the executive director of the Department of Defense's Cybercrime Center and at the Department of Justice as the deputy chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property division.

Undersecretary Reitinger had also previously advised FEMA on cybersecurity emergency management as a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council while employed as a strategist for Microsoft.

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