White House Confirms Resignation of U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra
Earlier this week, the White House confirmed reports that Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer (Office of Science and Technology Policy) and member of the HIT Standards Committee, plans to resign in order to pursue other undisclosed opportunities. The White House statement did not discuss the effective date of the resignation or any potential plans to find a replacement.
Chopra was recruited by President Obama in 2009 to fill the then-newly created position of U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Previously, he served as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Secretary of Technology and proliferated health information exchange in that state.
Chopra is renowned in HIT policy circles for his enthusiasm, casual demeanor, communication, and political astuteness. It is because of this skill set that many are reporting he might potentially be planning to run for office.