Vivek Kundra returns as Federal CIO

It’s been a whirlwind last few days for Vivek Kundra. Last Thursday, FBI agents raided his former office at the District of Columbia’s technology department, where a former employee of his was charged with bribery. While Kundra was not a target in the raid — the FBI stated as much — the ensuing publicity was enough for Kundra to take leave from his new federal job as CIO.

Fortunately, winds of calm have prevailed. Yesterday, Kundra quietly returned to his position, according to a report from TechPresident.com. The other week, Kundra had discussed his goals as CIO — first and foremost to strengthen government technology’s competitive edge. Kundra’s goals in that arena include extending the use of cloud computing in the federal government and creating a data.gov web site.

For a look at how Kundra’s work might unfold, check out our recent interview with him in which he offers his take on bringing a “digital public square” to you. Welcome back, Kundra!

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