Washington, DC – Six weeks after Vivek Kundra announced plans to step down as the nation’s first federal CIO, President Obama on Thursday named former Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel as his replacement.

VanRoekel currently serves as executive director of Citizen and Organizational Engagement at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and previously was managing director of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He earlier spent 15 years at Microsoft.

If confirmed by Congress, VanRoekel would take over a key role in the White House, directing the policy and planning of federal IT investments and overseeing federal IT spending.

Kundra in June announced plans to depart for a fellowship at Harvard University. He is scheduled to leave in mid-August.

This article was also published in Bay Area Tech Wire.

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