Federal 100: Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra
Federal Chief Information Officer
Office of Management and Budget

When President Barack Obama appointed Kundra to be the nation’s first chief information officer, Kundra became the face of government information technology.

In his first year, Kundra championed several initiatives related to IT. He encouraged agencies to adopt emerging technologies, such as social media and cloud computing, and was a driving force behind several open-government initiatives, including the creation of Data.gov, a Web portal where the public can access datasets from federal agencies.

Kundra “has helped to create a culture of experimentation, creativity and risk-taking within the federal government,” said Mark Drapeau, director of innovative social engagement at Microsoft's U.S. Public Sector and a Federal Computer Week columnist. “There's a long way to go, but the leadership of Vivek Kundra has certainly helped to evolve government into something more transparent, collaborative and participatory than ever before.”

Read more about the 2010 Federal 100 award winners.

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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