President Obama on Saturday finally announced his choice for the first
Obama\'s pick, Aneesh Chopra, instead of hailing from
The move echoes Obama\'s choice for the country\'s chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, who also came not directly from an industry post, but from a job in municipal government (as
Obama announced Chopra as his CTO choice during his weekly radio address, but beyond saying that Chopra will work closely with Kundra and others, and that he will have some sort of hand in broadband expansion initiatives, neither Obama nor related White House statements have indicated any specific goals for the CTO post.
Still, the choice was lauded over the weekend by many technology executives, such as Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who himself had been thought to be a possible candidate for the job, and technology industry groups. Chopra\'s actual title will be associate director for technology under the White House\'s Office of Science and Technology Policy office.
- The Wall Street Journal has this story