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Federal CIO Kundra to step down in August

Jun. 16, 2011 - 07:28PM   |  
By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |   Comments
Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra announced on Thursday he will be leaving the position in August.
Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra announced on Thursday he will be leaving the position in August. (Chris Maddaloni / Staff)

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra announced Thursday he will resign in August, according to a White House blog post.

Kundra, who was appointed the first federal CIO in 2009, is leaving the administration for a fellowship at Harvard University, Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew said in the post.

"We are planning for a smooth transition, continuing these remarkable gains in changing the way the federal government manages [information technology] and Vivek's impact on cutting waste and making government work better for the American people will continue to be felt well beyond his departure from federal service,'' Lew wrote.

When Kundra took the reins of federal IT spending 2 years ago, $27 billion worth of IT projects were over budget and behind schedule, Kundra said at a technology awards event Wednesday.

Under his watch, the administration has saved $3 billion by terminating failing IT projects and turning around those that were behind schedule.

It's not clear who the administration is considering to fill Kundra's position or if there will be a replacement.

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