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Apr 18 2009, 5:20pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

The US Gets a CTO
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The country now has a Chief Technology Officer as President Obama nominated the Harvard-educated Aneesh Chopra, current secretary of technology for the commonwealth of Virginia.

Obama made the announcement in his weekly radio address, claiming Chopra will work closely with current the CIO, Vivek Kundra, to set “technology policy across the government... using technology to improve security, ensure transparency, and lower costs.”

Obama went on to say, "In this role, 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."

Gizmodo did a little digging and found that Chopra had some impressive achievements while in Virginia, including earning the state top ranking in Technology Management, implementing FlexBook - the nation’s first open-source textbook, creating iPhone app design contests for students, and leveraging social networks to aid doctors in secluded areas.

The tech community has already issued statements in support of Chopra.

The Consumer Electronics Association said in a release, “CEA commends President Obama for the selection of Aneesh Chopra as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer. Chopra is an excellent selection as he served proficiently in Virginia as Secretary of Technology and also has a strong background in the private sector advising the health care industry on technology management issues. He will bring to the position real world technology and public policy experience.”

Also, PC World quotes Robert Holleyman, CEO of the Business Software Alliance as saying, "Aneesh Chopra is a superb choice. He will bring a unique combination of vision and real-world experience to the role.”

[Via RealClearPolitics]

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