President Barack Obama will appoint Steven VanRoekel to be the new federal chief information officer, according to a White House news release. In the role, VanRoekel will succeed Vivek Kundra, the country's first federal CIO, who will leave his post this month for a fellowship at Harvard University.
VanRoekel picked to be next federal CIO
VanRoekel currently serves as the executive director of citizen and organizational engagement at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He previously served as managing director of the Federal Communications Commission, overseeing the agency's operational, technical, financial and human resources and leading FCC efforts to adopt social media and new technology, according to the release.
From 1994 to 2009, before entering government service, VanRoekel worked for Microsoft Corp., where he worked as senior director for the Windows Server and Tools Division. His age was unavailable at deadline.
Kundra announced in June his plans to step down as CIO to serve a joint fellowship at Harvard with the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
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