US President Barack Obama's tech guru Vivek Kundra , who is the White House's first chief information officer and was the key leader in his administration's effort to streamline the federal government's massive IT infrastructure is leaving in August for a fellowship at Harvard. Kundra, is leaving after a two and a half years in the post.
Mr. Kundra is leaving to become a joint fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, said Jacob J, a NY Times report said.
In his new endeavour, Kundra will split his time in a joint fellowship between the Shorenstein Centre on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, Center Executive Director Urs Gasser said in a news release Thursday.
We look forward to working closely with him on cutting-edge issues where the complexities of cloud computing intersect with law, institutions and data, Berkman said.
Another Indian-American Aneesh Chopra is the chief technology officer, while Jeffrey Zients serves as chief performance officer.
The work that I dedicated myself to while serving as the federal CIO - in cutting waste, strengthening cybersecurity and building an open and transparent government through technology will also drive my research interests on both the national and international levels at his new job, Kundra said in the release.
Kundra spearheaded a number of initiatives to try to make the government's complex technology systems more efficient and less costly.
One of his primary accomplishments was introducing cloud computing into the government IT lexicon. Kundra has also pushed consumer-focused companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon to get into the government game.