Federal CIO Vivek Kundra leaving White House

 Analysis: After Kundra, what happens next?

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is leaving for Harvard University in August, the Office of Management and Budget has announced.

"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," wrote OMB Director Jack Lew in a statement. "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."

Kundra, appointed as the first federal CIO, is the most high-profile technology executive in the Obama administration. He has spearheaded many major initiatives in management and technology, including the recent 25-point plan for federal agencies to reform how they make major acquisitions of IT. He also has played a central role in open government and transparency, cloud computing, innovation and IT reform and has been instrumental in initiating programs including Data.gov, the Federal IT Dashboard and Challenge.gov.

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Mon, Jun 20, 2011 DC FED Washington

Been awaiting this for a while. He was full of great ideas with little regard for execution. He seemed to assume that you could wring the expected savings out of an idea in advance of implementation and never provided support for the upfront funding requirements to actually do any of the things he proposed. His ideas always fell on the backs of cash strapped CIO shops and then he and his supporters acted surprised when we pushed back. Remember, our budget cycle starts 2-3 years in advance of budget enactment. We haven't even gotten an initial budget that factors in the schemes he proposed upon taking office. I for one will not miss him.

Sun, Jun 19, 2011

Feds need to clean their own houses and start holding themselves accountable for the mess out there. Raise the bar and do your jobs. Quit letting poor performers remain in the workforce - fire them!!! Pointing fingers gets you nowhere. Stop whining and get engaged people.

Sun, Jun 19, 2011

Vivek Kundra teaching at Harvard, perfect. His ideas were pure academia and assumed a perfect IT world. Just move everything to "the cloud" and reap the savings.

Thu, Jun 16, 2011 Jack

A loss, he did his best to shake up a bloated, underperforming federal IT force. Bucking the Federal CIO Club is a tough task but he did well.

Thu, Jun 16, 2011

I guess the CIA and the Senate getting hacked are good references for Harvard? Im starting to think 'transparency' is gov speak for transparent security.

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