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Federal CIO living in style with new designer home

How does a top White House official live? We know now about one of them: Steven VanRoekel, U.S. CIO, just bought a home for $6.9 million, designed by a prominent East Coast architect.

The Washington Post reports that the former Microsoft executive's six-bedroom home sits on 1.3 acres and has a pool, a separate outdoor dining room and several gardens. VanRoekel and his wife Carrie made the house purchase May 1. (To be clear, we're not suggesting VanRoekel, who had a lengthy career in Microsoft's upper ranks prior to his government service, bought the home on his government salary.)

Located close to Embassy Row and Rock Creek Park, the home was designed by architect John Russell Pope, whose most famous work in the early 1900s include the National Archives and Records Administration building, the Jefferson Memorial and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

Posted by FCW Staff on May 04, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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Mon, May 7, 2012 FCW News Editor

Krishna: No such insinuation was intended, and we did note that he is a former Microsoft executive. However, to be sure that no one thinks we are trying to imply anything untoward, I've added another sentence to clarify.

Mon, May 7, 2012 Krishna Aberdeen, MD

Perhaps Mr. VanRoekel made his millions at Microsoft, and thus can afford the lavish designer home. The caption for the story - "Federal CIO living in style with new designer home", leaves the implication that the Federal Govrnment in some way is paying for this extravagance. But the rest of the story doesn't. In that respect, this is a cheap shot. The Washington Post story doesn't leave any such insinuations.

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