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Breaking News: CIO Vivek Kundra is Back on the Job [updated]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 17 2009

Vivek Kundra, the federal government's new Chief Information Officer, has been spotted at his desk, doing his job. We're hearing that Kundra's temporary leave of absence, in the wake of last week's arrest of two individuals running a kickback ring from inside the Washington, DC CTO's office, has been lifted and that he's been reinstated.

Obviously, this is very good news for the transparency movement. Stay tuned for more details.

UPDATE: The White House is confirming our report. In addition, here's Kit Seelye's post on the New York Times blog, also with White House confirmation.

From Nicholas Shapiro, WH assistant press secretary: “Mr. Kundra has been informed that he is neither a subject nor a target of the investigation, and has been reinstated.”

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