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San Francisco CIO Tapped to Lead White House Innovation

Chris Vein named deputy CTO for government innovation in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

San Francisco CIO Chris Vein is headed to the White House, according to Fast Company. Vein will serve as deputy CTO under Aneesh Chopra at the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

During his tenure in San Francisco, Vein was roundly praised for being an adroit innovator and technology champion. Last year, Vein was named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

As CIO, some of the projects Vein was working on included: virtualizing servers in the city's main data center and extending the city's fiber network to some of the most disadvantaged citizens in the city and county. Vein is perhaps most well known for creating, a Web portal that publishes more than 100 public-sector data sets that residents can mash up to create shared applications.

“We are opening up a dialog that's never been there before between the city and citizens,” Vein said of “They're sharing their experience and expertise to help improve government.”

Though the Office of Science and Technology has not released an official statement about Vein’s move, the agency’s website currently lists him as Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Government Innovation.


Miriam Jones is a former chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.