Chopra leaves White House as first CTO

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The White House announced the departure of Aneesh Chopra, assistant to the President and the federal government’s first chief technology officer (CTO).

Since being sworn in as CTO in May of 2009, Chopra helped design the President’s National Wireless Initiative, including the development of a nationwide public safety broadband network; establish a set of internet policy principles, including the call for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights; and led the implementation of the President’s open government strategy focused on unlocking the innovative potential of the federal government to solve problems and seed the jobs and industries of the future.

“As the federal government’s first CTO, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from EHRs for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service.”