Tech chief during rollout leaves White House

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U.S. chief technology officerWASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO – The U.. chief technology officer at the time of the troubled rollout of .gov is stepping down and moving into a new role recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to , a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.

Todd Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to , will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public.

The move signals a growing effort by the to try to recruit from Silicon Valley. Earlier this month, the White House lured Google engineer Mikey Dickerson to a role bolstering the computer systems.

The Agency has also been urging technology workers to consider public-service careers.

new role, Park will help channel ideas from the tech community, the source added.

It is unclear who will replace Park. The White House has held discussions with former executives at Google, LinkedIn and Twitter about a potential replacement, according to Fortune, which first reported move on Friday.
Park, who joined the Department of Health and Human Services 2009, called to testify before Congress 2013 on the glitch-ridden .gov rollout. He subsequently played a major role the repair of the site, designed to be the main portal for millions of uninsured Americans to buy coverage through federal exchanges, which in turn an important part of Obama’ 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Park, the son of Korean immigrants, who co-founded Castlight, a that provides tailored data about costs, and athenahealth, not immediately available to comment.

The move and new role allow Park, who grew Ohio but whose wife hails from California, to return to California at the end of the month time for the start of school for children, the source said.

Park was a donor to Obama’s 2008 campaign. He was recommended for his current job by Aneesh Chopra, Obama’s first chief technical officer.

Moves from Washington into highly paid technology jobs have often attracted more attention.

Regina Dugan, head of the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google, formerly headed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, was once for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

Technology companies have taken a growing interest in the workings of Washington, in part because the revelations of former contractor Edward Snowden about spying have affected their businesses.

In turn, the government has been trying to learn from start- culture.

Earlier this year, it opened 18F, a digital-services agency based inside the government’s General Services Administration. It uses open-source code and technologies that most of the government has been slow to adopt. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]