June 17, 2011 – Vivek Kundra, the first federal chief information officer, announced Tuesday he would be stepping down from that post for a fellowship position at Harvard University.

In his two-and-a-half years as White House CIO, Kundra cut IT spending by an estimated $3 billion with moves that included shuttering data centers, prompting government agencies to move email and other operations to the cloud, and updating security and infrastructure.

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