President Obama has appointed Virginia Technology Secretary Aneesh Paul Chopra as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer. The President announced his pick in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. Chopra will join forces with recently appointed Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to overhaul government's technology services, making this a desi DC duo of sorts.
According to the White House Press Release:
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.
When Kundra's job was announced, the chief technology officer job was mentioned, but no exact job description was given. But sources said the CTO would focus more on overall technology policy while the CIO would handle day-to-day spending and operations within agency projects, The Washington Post reported.
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