President Obama has named Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s secretary of technology, as the nation’s first CTO.
Obama last year pledged to create the new position to help shepherd the government through 21st Century technological changes. Many thought Google Inc.’s Eric Schmidt would be named to the office, but Schmidt refuted those speculations, saying he wanted to remain in the private sector.
Chopra is well-known among technology circles, although not as recognized in other groups. He now will “promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities – from creating jobs and reducing health care costs to keeping our nation secure,” Obama said in his weekly address on April 18.
Among other tasks, Chopra will tackle broadband deployment, which got a boost thanks to the recent economic stimulus package, and the digitization of medical records.