FBI Nabs D.C. CTO Staffers in Bribery Investigation

The spotlight just turned up a notch for Vivek Kundra, President Barack Obama's choice for the newly created position of federal CIO for the United States. Kundra had previously been serving as Washington D.C.'s CTO, before being named to the new federal CIO post last week: According to published reports, the FBI raided the Washington, D.C. CTO office Thursday morning as part of a bribery investigation.

The FBI has arrested two staffers in the office on bribery charges.

Reuters is reporting that the FBI is not focusing on Kundra as part of what is described as an ongoing FBI operation.

Of Kundra's appointment to the CIO post, Obama said in a statement that he has directed Kundra "to work to ensure that we are using the spirit of American innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and lower the cost of government operations. As chief information officer, he will play a key role in making sure our government is running in the most secure, open, and efficient way possible."

Kundra is known in IT leadership circles for a willingness to try new technologies; for instance, he rolled out Google Apps to 38,000 people in his D.C. post.

CIO.com will have more details on this story as it develops throughout the day.

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