Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra Stepping Down

Obama lauds Chopra for his "legacy of leadership and innovation."

by / January 27, 2012
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra gives remarks at the Champions of Change event June 10, in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jay Premack

Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra is on the way out, according to a White House press release.

Rumors of Chopra's imminent departure first surfaced late Thursday, in a report from FedScoop. Friday morning, word came from President Obama confirming Chopra's departure.

“As the federal government’s first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century," Obama said is a statement. "Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service.”

Chopra has been the U.S. CTO since May 22, 2009. He partnered with former federal CIO Vivek Kundra in a “Batman and Robin” tag team role ushering in a new era of federal computing innovation and consolidation. Chopra has been a torchbearer for open government initiatives, app contests using federal data sets and has championed items such as health IT since his tenure began.

Previously Chopra served as Virginia’s secretary of technology, where he was named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Does, Dreamers and Drivers for 2008.

Updated Friday, January 27 at 9:08 AM

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