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Eventual CTO Will Sit on Obama's Domestic Policy Council

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 19 2009

There are two bits of particular interest in this piece from Politico's Josh Gerstein. The first has to do with the ongoing question of whether WhiteHouse.gov will serve as the "paper of record," if you will, on what the Executive Branch is up to. Gerstein discovered that a handful of documents -- "three executive orders, one presidential memorandum, one presidential notice, and one proclamation" -- were published in the Federal Register without popping up on the White House site first. The White House attributed the missing documents to "simple oversight."

The Sunlight Foundation's Paul Blumenthal caught the second. In a February 5th executive order, the as-yet-nameless-and-faceless federal CTO got bumped to the Domestic Policy Council:

(c) striking "(x) AIDS Policy Coordinator; and" and inserting in lieu thereof "(x) Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer;";

The move is a bit of the coup for the incoming CTO, provided one is ever named. The DPC is serves as something of the President's personal think tank. And the appointment might also point to the fact the fact that the CTO might perhaps have a policy portfolio that's not limited to inward-looking challenges like e-government and federal IT infrastructure.