US Presidential Tech Guru Leaves White House

Vivek KundraVivek Kundra, Indian-American tech guru of US President Barack Obama, who lead his management’s effort to make more efficient the federal government’s huge IT infrastructure is leaving in August for a fellowship at Harvard.


Kundra, who was born in New Delhi, 36 years old, who has worked for two and a half years as the first federal chief information officer, supervises $80 billion in federal information technology projects and led a shove for further cloud computing.

Kundra, in his latest effort will divide his time in a combined fellowship among the Shorenstein Centre on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, Center Executive Director, according to Urs Gasser said in a news release.

Berkman said, “We look forward to working closely with him on cutting-edge issues where the complexities of cloud computing intersect w ith law, institutions and data.”

Kundra engaged one of three tech-focused posts that the Obama White House made to renovate the use of technology of the government.

Aneesh Chopra, a new Indian-American is the chief technology officer, while Jeffrey Zients serves as chief performance officer.

Kundra said, “The work that I dedicated myself to while serving as the federal CIO – in cutting waste, strengthening cybersecurity and building an open and transparent government through technology will also drive my research interests on both the national and international levels” at his new job.


Tom Carper, Democratic senator, who guides the subcommittee that supervises federal IT issues, credited Kundra with saving the government $3 billion in efficiencies.


One of his main achievements was introducing “cloud computing” into the government IT lexicon.  Kundra has as well shoved consumer-centered companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon to obtain into the government game.