via The Washington Post
Our colleague Shyamantha Asokan was at the White House on Thursday morning for a roundtable with incoming chief information officer Steve VanRoekel and his predecessor, Vivek Kundra, who was appointed by President Obama in 2009 as the country’s first federal CIO.
Not only was VanRoekel, the former Microsoft executive, unfazed by the prospect of trying to persuade a government that has to make $917 billion in cuts over the next decade to pay for snazzy new technology projects but he actually saw the belt-tightening as an opportunity.
VanRoekel’s role will focus on using technology to streamline government and cut costs. This was one of Kundra’s top priorities.