The US President Barack Obama has officially appointed Vivek Kundra as his chief information Officer (CIO), who will be the in charge of making strategies on key technologies to be used by the administration to govern, along with the methods to deploy them.
Currently working as a chief of technology for Washington DC, Mr Kundra has been accredited with emphasising the use of Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook as enhanced ways for administrators to interact with the citizens.
As the CIO, Mr Kundra will be responsible for a whopping $70 billion budget, the government planning to invest in making more transparent and effective administration.
Commenting upon Mr Kundra’s appointment, the President Obama said that he has directed him to make most out of the power of innovation and technology to meliorate the performance and bring down the cost of government operations.
Mr Kundra will work along side the chief technology officer (CTO), who is yet to be named by the President Obama.
Asserting his objectives as the CIO of the country, Kundra said that he is looking forward to make sure the US has “the ability to run an open, transparent, participatory and collaborative government”, and avowed to discover how the administration could make most out of the motion “cloud-computing”.
In addition, he also put forth his plans to launch a data.gov website, so as to offer the US citizens an easier access to government information and official statistics.
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The nomination of Delhi-born Kundra sends a resounding message to the rest of the world. The economic ties between India and US have become strained during these periods of global uncertainties but this nomination will surely make things easier. But Kundra's is more than just a NRI, he is also a well versed technocrat.
(The Washington Post)
(The New York Times)