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Aneesh Chopra to Step Down as White House CTO, FedScoop Reports

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 27 2012

Over at FedScoop, Luke Fretwell reports that Aneesh Chopra will step down from his position as White House Chief Technology Officer.

Fretwell, in a scoop that the Washington Post later followed:

Sources close to the White House have confirmed that U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra will announce he is stepping down on Friday. No information was provided on his future plans, but ongoing speculation includes running for political office to assuming an executive role leading the Washington offices of a major technology company.

Chopra is the latest in a string of top-level White House technologists to depart the public sector. White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra left in August. The constituent relationship management company Salesforce announced last Monday that Kundra is now working there as executive vice president of emerging markets.

A cynic might ask if the sprawling network of federal agencies counts as an "emerging market." And an optimist might respond that Salesforce and other cloud options — which Kundra has spent a long time advocating from his perch in the White House — can get a lot done for the federal government at a far lower cost than other proprietary or custom-built systems.

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