Aneesh Chopra, our nation’s first Federal Chief Technology Officer, stepped down this afternoon.
As the “George Washington” of CTO’s, Aneesh Chopra is well-known for his strides in bringing the Open Government Initiative across agencies and The White House. He spearheaded the President’s National Wireless Initiative and also aided in the establishment of Internet Policy Principles.
Chopra began his White House post in May of 2009 after serving as the Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia under Governor Tim Kaine. Chopra is rumored to have plans to run for public office in Virginia as Lieutenant Governor, according to sources close to WashingtonExec.
Read what Chopra’s 1,000+ fans are saying on his facebook fan page.
“Aneesh has led that charge in an energetic, innovative, and amazingly effective manner, and sowed the seeds necessary to bring our government into the 21st century,” said John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in a White House blog post.
“As the nation’s first CTO and a former Virginia Secretary of Technology, Aneesh Chopra’s unique combination of technology knowledge and government experience has been an invaluable asset both to our federal government and the Commonwealth. Through his leadership, the government has been able to leverage technology to promote innovation, reduce costs and improve transparency. We thank Aneesh for his contributions and look forward to working with him in the future.”–Bobbie Kilberg, CEO of NVTC