White House CIO Vivek Kundra Quits

Vivek Kundra, the Chief information Officer in the President Obama’s government, has resigned from his position, the White House announced on Thursday.

Interestingly Mr. Kundra, happened to be the first ever person to be appointed as the CIO in the US federal government. He was appointed in the position almost two and a half years back in early 2009.

Word on the streets is that Mr. Kundra chose to resign owing to a shift in White House’s IT strategies. However, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jack Lew, who first broke the news of Mr. Kundra’s exit, said that the former CIO left his position for taking a fellowship at Harvard.

" [Mr. Kundra] brought with him the promise of good ideas and a hard-charging style focused on getting things done, necessary qualities to tackle the difficult issues facing federal IT - an aging infrastructure with rising operating costs, too many major projects failing to deliver, and increasing vulnerability to outside threats,” Lew said, the ComputerWorld reports.

“Two and a half years after joining the administration, Vivek has delivered on that promise," he added.

Mr. Lew also said that following the departure of Kundra, the US government is currently looking for a “smooth transition”.