VanRoekel worked for the agency before being appointed as US CIO.  We’re losing a good engineer with talent but he’s going to a great job as well where he can make a difference .  His work at the government was not really in the focus all the time but that doesn’imaget mean it wasn’t important as it was.  He worked in the background helping government agencies with big engineering and cloud solutions, and that’s big.

His background included several years at Microsoft.  So this is our loss and the gain for the USAID.  It was only a few weeks ago we lost Todd Park, the US CTO. 

Todd Park US CTO Leaving His Post-Anyone Noticing a Pattern Here With Technologists Jumping Ship One After Another?

I have to say I can almost feel some frustrations with these type of folks as they have to deal with others in government who have weird perceptions and kind of really guide them into the right areas at times and at some point it does get laboring.  On a much smaller scale I know exactly what that is and I see it on social networks too.  You don’t always get the perceptions in the news as it really is and part of that is due to the fact that some of what they are reporting on is complex as well and then there’s the political skew that enters as well.  Sometimes you get a story or a study or data news that is really is not any kind of news at all.

In part of his new job VanRoekel be working to bring his technology expertise to help battle the government’s Ebola control program.  BD

White House chief information officer Steven VanRoekel is stepping down from that post to advise the government’s response to Ebola, his office confirmed on Friday. Lisa Schlosser, current deputy administrator for the Office of E-Government and Information Technology, will act as interim CIO.

VanRoekel, appointed federal CIO by President Obama in 2011, is returning to the United States Agency for International Development to serve as its CIO. Prior to his White House appointment, VanRoekel led digital communications programs at USAID; he was also previously managing director at the Federal Communications Commission.

As federal CIO, VanRoekel recently oversaw the launch of the U.S. Digital Service — a newly formed group whose mission is to help government agencies improve IT projects. Administrator Mikey Dickerson will continue to oversee the U.S. Digital Service, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

“When taking the job of U.S. Chief Information Officer, my goal was to help move Federal IT forward into the 21st Century and to bring technology and innovation to bear to improve IT effectiveness and efficiency," VanRoekel said in a statement.

Before he joined the public sector, VanRoekel worked at Microsoft between 1994 and 2009, most recently as a senior director.


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