Vivek Kundra, the U.S. federal government's first chief information officer, recently announced he plans to resign from his position.
Kundra, born in Delhi, India, and partially raised in Tanzania, came to the United States with his family as a child.
After working in a variety of IT roles including as chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, Kundra became the U.S. federal government's first CIO in 2009.
Kundra, an enthusiastic advocate for cloud-based solutions, argued that dependable cloud computing security is achievable and that the government could save considerable resources by streamlining its IT infrastructure.
According to a White House spokesperson, Kundra plans to stay on in his position until August, in order to ensure a smooth transition. In August, he will begin a new position at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Security, at Harvard University.
Kundra, according to the spokesperson, was highly successful in his role. "He has cracked down on wasteful IT spending, saved $3 billion in taxpayer dollars; moved the government to the cloud; strengthened the cybersecurity posture of the nation while making it more open, transparent, and participatory," the spokesperson said. "His work has been replicated across the world from 16 countries that have deployed the data.gov model to tap into the ingenuity of their people to multiple countries that have deployed the IT dashboard to save money."
Kundra was appointed to the CIO position by President Barack Obama, who, at the time, expressed confidence that Kundra would "bring a depth of experience in the technology arena and a commitment to lowering the cost of government operations to this position."
Kundra is perhaps best known for the "cloud first" policy, which requires that all government branches and agencies begin migrating their IT solutions to the cloud.