Former Microsoft Executive to Replace Kundra as Federal CIO

Shortly before Vivek Kundra’s scheduled departure from the position of federal Chief Information Officer, the White House has named his replacement.

Steven VanRoekel moves into the position from the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he was its Executive Director of Citizen and Organizational Engagement. He worked for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) before that, serving as managing director. Part of his responsibilities at the FCC included implementing many of the federal IT initiatives that Kundra initiated, including consolidation of data centers and moving services to cloud computing where practical. Prior to federal service VanRoekel worked at Microsoft for 15 years, including serving as Senior Director for the Windows Server and Tools Division.

USACM has been most engaged with the CIO’s work through Data.gov and the efforts to put more data available online in usable formats. This work is far from complete, and we expect to be engaged with at least this aspect of Mr. VanRoekel’s work going forward.

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