Also In the News: Obama's tech adviser prefers FCC to CTO job
President-elect Barack Obama will likely nominate Julius Genachowski,
his top technology adviser, to be chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission, according to a report published today.
Genachowski had been considered a leading candidate for the new
position of chief technology officer, although the transition team has
not provided details about the position, according to the Washington
Obama appeared open to offering either the FCC
chairmanship or the CTO position to Genachowski, his Harvard Law School
classmate, the Post said, citing sources close to the transition team.
Since it became apparent that the CTO position would not include the
authority to make policy, Genachowski decided to take the FCC
leadership position, according to the report.
Obama has said
the CTO would make sure that federal networks are secure, lead an
interagency effort to implement the best-in-class technologies and
share best practices.
It is expected that Obama will announce
in a few days his choice of Genachowski to be FCC chairman, sources
cited in the report said. Genachowski was chief counsel for Reed Hundt
when Hundt was FCC chairman during the Clinton administration.
The article can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/12/AR2009011203610_pf.html