The Obama administration has a new top tech boss.
Todd Park will serve as the federal government’s new chief technology officer, the White House said Friday. Park currently serves as CTO at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he launched several health-related Web sites, including HealthCare.gov and HealthData.gov, designed to serve as one-stop shops for citizens seeking information on health-care plans and ... you guessed it ... health data.
“Todd Park has demonstrated a remarkable talent for enlisting innovative technologies to modernize government, reduce waste, and make government information more accessible to the public,” President Obama said in a statement. “In his new position he will bring those skills to the entire Federal enterprise, ensuring that government will serve all Americans fairly, effectively, and efficiently.”
Park succeeds Aneesh Chopra, who stepped down last month as he plots a run for Virginia lieutenant governor. Chopra was the first to hold the technology post, which Obama established in the Office of Science and Technology Policy as a way to update the government’s technological capabilities.
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