US CIO Steven Vanroekel Steps Down

Jack Moore | | September 19, 2014

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel is unexpectedly departing his post at the White House today to join the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Ebola response team.  In his new role as USAID chief innovation officer, VanRoekel will be responsible for advising the agency on using technology and data in its response to the epidemic. President Barack Obama this week beefed up the agency’s role role in fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

“This crisis is multidimensional – involving people, culture, logistics and more,” a senior administration said in a statement to Nextgov. “And it is essential that we have real time data that points to gaps, trends and outcomes. Steve's unique talents and experiences will help us elevate our response at a critical juncture.”

Politico first reported the news early Friday.  VanRoekel, who has served as the federal CIO since August 2011, will join USAID next week...