(The Hosting News) – The White House announced on Thursday that the official in charge of the U.S. government’s effort to consolidate data centers nationwide is stepping down after Harvard University offered him a fellowship.
In his capacity as the U.S. Chief Information Officer (CIO), Vivek Kundra was also responsible for overseeing the U.S. government’s conversion to cloud computing.
In an official statement, the White House said, “He has cracked down on wasteful IT spending, saved $3 billion in taxpayer dollars; moved the government to the cloud; strengthened the cybersecurity posture of the nation while making it more open, transparent, and participatory.”
Kundra will officially vacate his post later this summer and start his work at Harvard in mid-August. At Harvard, Kundra will work on internet issues at the Kennedy School and Berkman Center.
The U.S. government is currently working to close 800 of its over 2000 data centers nationwide. An April study by research group Meritalk showed that over eighteen million could be saved from the consolidation effort.