Vivek Kundra, the first federal chief information officer, will join the flow of federal information technology officials leaving government for academic posts, according to the White House.
Federal CIO Kundra to resign
Kundra will head to Harvard University in mid-August and serve in a joint fellowship with the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School, according to a White House blog post announcing his resignation.
The White House praised Kundra's federal tenure, saying he "cracked down on wasteful IT spending, saved $3 billion in taxpayer dollars, moved the government to the cloud (and) strengthened the cybersecurity posture of the nation while making it more open, transparent and participatory." The White House is planning for "a smooth transition, continuing these remarkable gains in changing the way the federal government manages IT," according to the post. "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."
Last week, Dr. Sachin Jain announced he would leave his position in July as a senior adviser to CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick. Jain previously served in HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. He is to return to complete his clinical residency at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Also last week, the University of Michigan announced that ONC chief scientific officer Charles Friedman would leave his government post to lead the university's new graduate health informatics program.
In April, Dr. David Blumenthal, then head of the ONC, returned to academia as a professor of medicine and healthcare policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Partners HealthCare System and Harvard Medical School, all in Boston.
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