Also in the news: Fed CIO Kundra opts for leave of absence

Vivek Kundra has taken a leave of absence from his newly appointed position as federal chief information officer, following the arrests of a former employee and a contractor as part of a federal investigation.

Kundra, former chief technology officer for Washington, D.C.'s city government, agreed to take the leave last night, according to a Washington Post report.

The FBI arrested Yusuf Acar, an information security specialist who worked for Kundra, and charged him with bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and conflict of interest. The FBI also arrested Sushil Bansal, president and chief executive officer of Advanced Integrated Technologies Corp., on charges of bribery and money laundering. The two allegedly collaborated in a kickback scheme involving city contracts.

Kundra is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Reader Comments

Mon, Mar 23, 2009

I think it is more about who he is paying back for election support and not who is qualified. Also, I thought there is a formal vetting process... maybe his inexperienced staff does not know the process.

Mon, Mar 16, 2009 VA

Sushil Bansal, needs to be investigated closely, there is a pattern like Bansal's operations all over the face of government contracts, absolutely kick backs have become a norm and it will be interesting to see who were the receivers of Bansal's unethical wins. Is this what transparency and ethical code of conduct is? Open government & transparency is a joke and quite contrary to what President Obama ran on. All these dishonest and unethical players are surfacing which will only hurt the sincere intentions of the president. Bansal has reach to the top executives and someone was absolutely receiving kick backs for these sweet personal deals. It is strange with all the transparency this white collar crime went unnoticed. There are additional facts that need to be unveiled and brought into light. What a shame, leadership is supposed to be role models but in many cases it sends a very wrong message that short term desires to get a head in life will make people sell their integrity and soul. one day Mr. kundra talks about open policies, complete transparency and accountability, and then he takes administrative leave to avoid the accountability gaps. There is more to this madness and there is much of the same going on all over the various agencies, further probing and honest assessments are needed

Mon, Mar 16, 2009 Esteban Tucson

if the Republicans were to nominate potential cabinet appointees, we'd all know the caliber of their work - Katrina reconstruction; TARP bailout to name a few

Mon, Mar 16, 2009

Fat chance that the national media will cover this. Another Obama appointee with a small ethics problem. Imagine that.

Mon, Mar 16, 2009 TC Texas

Can we have the Republicans nominate the higher up positions? President Obama seems to be having a hard time finding qualified individuals.

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