Kundra back to work as federal CIO

Vivek Kundra has returned to work as the federal chief information officer, a White House source has confirmed.

Kundra, former chief technology officer for Washington, D.C., had been appointed to the post March 5, but took a leave of absence last week, after the FBI arrested a D.C. information security officer and a contractor as part of a bribery investigation.

Kundra had not been suspected of wrongdoing, officials said -- the White House described his leave of absence as a cautionary measure -- and a White House source confirmed to GCN Tuesday evening that Kundra was back on the job. "Mr. Kundra has been informed that he is neither a subject nor a target of the investigation, and has been reinstated," the source said.

The FBI on March 12 arrested Yusuf Acar, an information security specialist who worked for Kundra, and charged him with bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and conflict of interest. The FBI also arrested Sushil Bansal, president and chief executive officer of Advanced Integrated Technologies Corp., on charges of bribery and money laundering. The two allegedly collaborated in a kickback scheme involving city contracts.

Kundra has gained a reputation for technology innovation, particularly with Web 2.0 applications, as the Washington CTO and, before that, as Virginia’s assistant secretary of commerce and technology.

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Reader Comments

Thu, Mar 19, 2009 CFish Planet Reality

Lots of facts about Mr. Kundra out there - do some research. Find out about his legendary temper. Find out why he hides the fact he worked for Arlington County, Virginia. Why would he do that? Hmmmm. Find out about his criminal conviction.

Wed, Mar 18, 2009 Jack D. Pond The County of Montgomery, PA

The huge whoosh you are hearing is a collective sigh of relief. Although the OCTO affair is disconcerting, the vision that Vivek Kundra brings to the metrics of success (portfolio management), the concept of openness through the open publication of data, the push for collaborative development between government and businesses/citizens, and the implementation of services over systems are fresh and essential to better government. This incident can (and should) bring a microscope to procurement practices, but the relief we all feel comes from the support and continuity of this shared vision.

Wed, Mar 18, 2009 ITSecPro Washington, DC

Its great, the guy that hires and supervises a person that has been charged with corruption is promoted - what a great country. Anyone think that the Obama administration is any different from the Bush administration? Great job Mr.President. To those saying that he is not guilty the answer is yes but then he is incompetent for not seeing the corruption occurring under his nose.

Wed, Mar 18, 2009 shirley Lawndale, CA

so this guy is a great adminsitrator because he knows exactly what is going on with his staff....Great.

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