Vivek Kundra, the federal government’s first chief information officer, plans to leave his position in August for a fellowship with Harvard University, the White House announced Thursday.
Kundra, who had served in a similar role with the D.C. government, is one of several administration officials and West Wing staffers to leave government service for academia.
In a statement Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob J. Lew said Kundra helped the administration identify more than $3 billion in cost savings by transitioning more government services online and by launching a government-wide effort to merge or consolidate the use of computer data centers.
Kundra’s pending departure also comes as the administration’s e-government fund is slated to lose about two-thirds of its money to budget cuts. The fund finances some of the White House’s most ambitious government transparency projects. Under the cutbacks, sites launched in the past two years to track government performance and spending — and projects in Kundra’s portfolio — will be scrapped, curtailed or no longer updated.