Obama Names Aneesh Chopra CTO
President Barack Obama will announce this morning that Aneesh Chopra,
Virginia’s secretary of technology, will join his administration as the
White House chief technology officer.
Obama, as part of his weekly address
also plans to announce that he will appoint Jeffrey Zients to the
position of deputy director for Management of the Office of Management
and Budget, with additional duties as the federal government's first
chief performance officer. Zients is the founder and managing partner
of Portfolio Logic, an investment firm focused primarily on business
and healthcare service companies. Zients previously served as chief
executive officer and chairman of the Advisory Board Company in
Washington, D.C.Chopra leads Virginia's strategy
to leverage technology
in government reform, to promote Virginia’s innovation agenda, and to
foster technology-related economic development, the White House said. Previously, he worked
with Zients as managing director with the Advisory Board Company, leading the
firm’s Financial Leadership Council and the Working Council for Health
earned with a masters in public policy from Harvard
University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997, and a B.A.
degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Chopra's work in
Virginia was the subject of a Federal Computer Week cover story
In his new role, the president in his prepared radio address said, "Aneesh will promote technological innovation to help
achieve our most urgent priorities – from creating jobs and reducing
health care costs to keeping our nation secure."
The president's prepared statement continued: "Aneesh and Jeffrey will work closely with our Chief Information
Officer, Vivek Kundra, who is responsible for setting technology policy
across the government, and using technology to improve security, ensure
transparency, and lower costs. The goal is to give all Americans a
voice in their government and ensure that they know exactly how we’re
spending their money – and can hold us accountable for the results."