The United States' first chief information officer (CIO) Vivek Kundra, 36, will resign and leave the Obama administration in middle of August, according to the White House. After resignation he plans to take on a fellowship post at Harvard University.
Kundra was first appointed by President Obama on March 5, 2009. He was the person who worked on launching the US government's Data.gov website which is facing funding difficulties. His role was to command and oversee the $80 billion the government spends annually on information technology. He worked with government agencies to develop computer systems and make more information available on the Internet.
According to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jacob Lew, Kundra helped to save $3 billion in wasteful information technology spending, leading the government to cloud computing and enhancing cyber security.
Kundra plans to serve as a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Lew said.
The White House didn't state whether it was looking for a replacement to fill Vivek's soon-to-be-vacant role .