America Names Tech Czar: Aneesh Chopra

Venture Beat reports that President Barack Obama has made good on another one of his campaign promises — he has finally selected a CTO for America.

Aneesh Chopra doesn’t hail from Silicon Valley, as was expected, but instead comes from the state of Virginia, where he was the Secretary of Technology. That job description was to:

“leverage technology in government reform, [promote] Virginia’s innovation agenda, and [foster] technology-related economic development with a special emphasis on entrepreneurship.”

Chopra joins Vivek Kundra who was appointed by Obama as America’s Chief Information Officer back in March. Together the two are expected to provide some much needed tech guidance and advice for the federal government — and no doubt will be consulting heavily with the movers and shakers in Silicon Valley.

The CTO and CIO positions are new to the US government and signal the Obama Administration’s commitment to America’s role in the global innovative technology marketplace. (Read more)

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