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White House Chief Technology Officer Steps Down 55

New submitter Krazy Kanuck writes "The White House is running a story on their OSTP blog that Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra is stepping down after being appointed to the post by President Obama in 2009. There is some mention of him returning to his home state of Virginia, and the Washington Post suggests a possible bid for lieutenant governor."
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White House Chief Technology Officer Steps Down

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  • by LostCluster ( 625375 ) * on Friday January 27, 2012 @07:35PM (#38846479)

    Maybe we can talk someone in the White House press office to use Ask Slashdot for technical questions and Your Rights Online for recommendations on tech bills... Would somebody please put together a resume for We the People of Slashdot?

  • At least (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dyinobal ( 1427207 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @07:37PM (#38846499)
    At least he isn't stepping down to a lobbying position for the media industry. I half expected that when I read the title. Though I guess he still can...
    • lieutenant gov makes for a great position while he waits for the 1-2 year lobbying restraint to be lifted.

  • by koan ( 80826 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @07:40PM (#38846523)

    Aneesh Chopra current lieutenant governor of Virginia has introduced the death penalty for on-line piracy bill (DPOP)

  • He gives amazing speeches. Unfortunately, he really doesn't understand computers and it's a joke he was made CTO

    • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @08:19PM (#38846803) Journal

      That sounds awfully familiar somehow.

    • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @08:34PM (#38846921)

      Care to give an example to back up your claim? He seemed to do a good job, from the little I saw about him. He was behind the push to bring better internet access to rural areas, expanding access to electronic health records, and he opposed SOPA. For a new position without a very clearly defined set of goals, I'd say he did fine.

    • by modmans2ndcoming ( 929661 ) on Friday January 27, 2012 @08:45PM (#38846987)

      consolidating the government's Data centers and starting a real push to update the infrastructure to something resembling the 2010's rather than the 1980's is not doing much?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Given that "cloud computing" is merely "mainframe computing" with a prettier name, the difference between the 1980s and the 2010s is much less than you seem to think it is.

        • uhh.... it is absolutely NOT mainframe computing. GRID computing, AKA cloud computing, is not even close to time-slice based timeshare processing with dumb terminals connected to the mainframe on a LAN.

          anyway... I am talking more about the actual tech....not the computing model.

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        When he was the CTO of Virginia, he made an agreement with Northrop Gruman that setup large systems for the DMV such that if there were any failure in the server area, the entire system--statewide--lost connectivity. It wasn't until the current governor of Virginia took office that the contract was forced to be renegotiated so that we got a better deal.

        Similarly thanks to him, the Virginia State Police now rent all of their computers rather than buying them outright, and their systems lack the resources to

        • That is pretty bad, but I would have to understand how it came to that rather than assume Northrop Grumman provided him with a list of network topologies and he picked the one with a single point of failure.

  • Honestly,

    This is why we (the US) needs a far more established 'Pirate Party' (Yes, the name is terrible, but the ideas behind it, I'm sure many agree with) so a shown to others, able-bodied, pool of candidates would already be present.

    True, the chances of hell of actually being voted in to such a position would be slim to none, however, it is a good catalyst for said party to bring ideas and ideals to attention to the general public.

    Mass. and I believe another state has an officially registered party -- Whe

  • He got tired of administering (ignoring) the We The People petition site. That is a hard job.
  • That seems to be par for the course when it comes to "super star IT staff". They tend to last 2-4 years where ever they go, and then they're off on whatever the next shiny thing their ADHD brain latches onto.

  • Every technical/technological post this and the prior admin has tried to staff has crashed and burned. The White House understands generally, what lobbyists and Congressional staffers tell them to understand. If it doesn't have to do with posturing about either giving stuff to poor people or pretending to give educational things to the teachers of some target group it doesn't mean squat.

    Remember with the appointment of Steve Chen we were going to have algae powered teleportation in 3 years? Yeah how did tha

  • When you can walk, walk away. When you can't walk away, run.
    Finally, someone who has the guts to divest themselves before the O'bama, Bush, Clinton crime cabal has the floor drop out from under them.
    Life: the time between the floor dropping and the rope going taut.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun