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Vivek Kundra

About Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra is USA's CIO. He is picked by the Barack Obama Administration in March 2009. Vivek Kundra previously served as the CTO for Washington D.C. City Government. He is well known for getting the Government rid of the e-mail and work applications and switch to Google Apps apart from bringing transparency by posting job lists on the Web that government contractors have been hired to perform.

Vivek Kundra is believed to have taken a brief leave from White House during March 09. Media said he is forced to take leave because of two staffers at his previously held Washington DC CTO office are taken into custody on birbery charges by FBI though Kundra has no involvement.

Vivek Kundra quotes

  • There is a lot of data that the federal government has and we need to make sure that all data that's not private and not necessary for national security is available on the Internet
  • Information should belong to the people ... When you look at what happened when data was democratized, put in the public domain, you've had an explosion of innovation, March 2009
  • I don't believe that security and innovation are mutually exclusive, speaking on the 60-day cyber security review conducted by Melissa Hathaway, cyber coordination executive to the Director of National Intelligence, March 2009

Vivek Kundra in News

Rebooting the Failed Federal Acquisition Process
Despite changes in the Federal Acquisition Reform (FAR) process, improvement in federal procurement has been hobbled by outdated approaches to application development

Metamarkets CEO Michael Driscoll to Participate in The Economist's Ideas Economy: Information Event on the Role of Big Data in Transforming the Global Economy
Michael Driscoll, CEO of Metamarkets, will participate in The Economist's second annual Ideas Economy: Information conference on June 5th and 6th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco

Searchlight to Add Government IT Departments to List of Target Industries for Its HPC Cloud Services; It Is Estimated That the $20B of the Federal IT Budget Will Be Spent on Cloud Services in 2012
Searchlight Solutions Ltd. (PINKSHEETS: SLLN) today discusses it opportunity to market its services to Government IT departments. The Company feels that the opportunity is significant as the below links and statistics show:

Indian origin tech guru Kundra leaves White House for Harvard
Vivek Kundra, the White House tech guru who spearheaded an administration effort to streamline the federal government's massive IT infrastructure, is leaving for Harvard.

MeriTalk $50,000 Prize for Best Idea to Fix Government
MeriTalk (, the government information technology (IT) network, has launched the Merit Awards, a new innovation contest that challenges Americans and people throughout the world to bring forward ideas on how to use IT to improve the U.S. government

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