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Todd Park will return to California and begin recruiting tech talent to the federal government

U.S. chief tech officer Todd Park headed back to California, White House confirms

By Darius Tahir
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm ET

The White House on Thursday confirmed that Todd Park would be departing his role as chief technology officer and turning to a new governmental role.

The announcement came in a White House blog post. In September, according to the post, Park will be moving to California, where he will recruit tech talent to the federal government as well as “identifying innovative ways to improve the quality of government digital services.”

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In government, Park helped as CTO of HHS and then the White House, where he helped turn around Before that, Park had been a serial entrepreneur who co-founded two public health IT companies: Athenahealth, which provides electronic health records over the cloud, and Castlight, which provides price transparency for consumers.

Park's new role may be very helpful in closing a perceived government tech talent gap. In December 2013, a report (PDF) funded by the Ford Foundation and MacArthur foundation concluded that the government needed more tech talent in order to function properly.

Thursday's blog post also came with a statement from President Barack Obama, who praised Park as a “key member of my administration.” Park's departure had been reported last week without comment at the time from Park or the White House.

Follow Darius Tahir on Twitter: @dariustahir

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