17 Mar Kundra Takes Leave of Absence From Federal CIO Post
The move follows allegations of bribery in DC office he ran.
The fallout from Thursday’s arrests of a District of Columbia IT security official and contractor quickly raised questions about the fate of Vivek Kundra, the new federal CIO who until recently ran the office now mired in bribery allegations.
Until his appointment by President Barack Obama as CIO less than two weeks ago, Kundra was chief technology officer for the District of Columbia. But Thursday, Kundra’s former ninth-floor office in a downtown government building was a crime scene. A police officer was stationed in the office lobby while investigators searched through records.
A White House official, speaking on background, confirmed Friday that Kundra took a leave of absence from his new CIO job shortly after federal investigators arrested two men in the D.C. government office on bribery charges. The official would not elaborate on the reasons for the leave; there were no indications Thursday that Kundra was involved in any wrongdoing.
Kundra’s decision could slow his plan to create a “revolution” in the federal government’s use of technology.
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