Big news today that U.S. Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra is stepping down on 1/27 (original story from Fedscoop) – some hypothesizing he may run for political office or move into a role with a tech firm (perhaps like Vivek Kundra move to Salesforce).
Chopra has been a great advocate for gov 2.0 – he’s constantly at open data announcement and challenges contests highlighting the word of innovators like Brightscope and others. He recently was at Code for America with Jill Biden and generally has been a great advocate for gov 2.0 and opengov.
So this tees up the next question –
Who should be the next federal CTO? What’s your take?
With only 10 months to the election, my guess says it’ll be someone already in the political system – maybe HHS CTO Todd Park, maybe VA CTO Peter Levine.
But who knows – maybe they’ll pick an outsider as a way to strengthen the Silicon Valley base (Eric Schmidt perhaps?). Or a successful city CTO?