Just six months after unveiling a 25-point plan to overhaul the government’s IT management system, White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra is calling it quits. The first ever CIO for the federal government leaves to hold a joint fellowship at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Kundra exits in August after only two-and-a-half years on the job.
When Kundra took the job back in 2009, he was an advocate of transparency, saying he wanted to place “vast amounts of government data in the public domain.” We’re guessing that the recent spate of cloud computing disasters—as well as that whole Wikileaks issue—might have made it challenging to keep that pledge.
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