Aneesh Chopra, President Barack Obama’s first IT czar and the highest ranking Indian-American in the White House, is stepping down after three years of groundbreaking work aimed at advancing the government’s technology agenda, amid reports that he may enter politics.
“Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernising government records,” Obama said in a statement.
Chopra, 39, who played a key role in bringing governance closer to the people through the latest developments in information technology, said he is returning to his home State of Virginia.
He would formally leave the White House on February 8. “After an incredible three years as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO), I am returning to my home state of Virginia to continue my work using innovative new technologies and platforms to improve healthcare, education and energy — and to grow the jobs and industries of the future,” Chopra said.
“I want to thank the President for entrusting me with the task of fostering an innovation culture in government, and for his direction, engagement and leadership on applying technology for the betterment of all Americans,” he said.
Chopra’s comments came as The Washington Post reported that he is widely expected to run for lieutenant governor in Virginia.
Highly praising Chopra’s work, Obama said his legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come. “I thank him for his outstanding service,” he said.