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Departures Continue Among White House Tech Staff

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 8 2011

Politico notes the rising unease about the recent string of departures among the White House's tech staff.

White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra will leave in August. Deputy chief technology officer Beth Noveck left in early 2011; Andrew McLaughlin, formerly a deputy chief technology officer, left in December 2010; Politico notes that White House Office of Science and Technology Policy chief of staff Jim Kohlenberger has also left the administration, and that two more policy staffers have also departed in the past month or so.

Politico's Kim Hart and Michelle Quinn quote O'Reilly Media chief executive officer Tim O'Reilly, who has advised agencies, as saying that frustration with "political silly season" led to some departures.

They quote McLaughlin describing a "buzz saw of long-standing bureaucracy" faced by people working on policy.

In short, they point to the monolith of government inertia as one reason why the White House's tech staffers seem to be streaming away.