White House names new federal CIO

Read more about new federal CIO Steven Vanroekel here.

Steven VanRoekel, a former Microsoft executive, will be named the next federal chief information officer, the White House announced Thursday.

The New York Times first reported the news, noting that VanRoekel worked for Microsoft for 15 years.

VanRoekel served as managing director of the Federal Communications Commission starting in 2009. He currently is the executive director of citizen and organizational engagement at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

As federal CIO, he will succeed Vivek Kundra, who announced in June that he will leave his post.

At FCC, VanRoekel was an advocate for open government. In a blog post earlier this year, he wrote: "Look across the landscape of government websites, and you see a common phenomenon: a dot-gov site at rest, stays at rest. Our own FCC.gov is proof enough. What was hailed in the late 1990s as one of the leading federal Web sites has sprawled out over time, moving with the organizational changes of the FCC, but largely resisting the outside forces of technical evolution and consumer expectations … Thankfully for this community -- and for every American citizen -- a strong force has been quickening the pace of change. The principles of 'open government,' which urge federal agencies to embrace the inertia created by engaged citizens -- the real dot-gov shareholders, -- are helping to move these vital issues forward."

VanRoekel told the Times that he intends to build on the work Kundra has done. "We're trying to make sure that the pace of innovation in the private sector can be applied to the model that is government," he said.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.